Eastern White-throated Spadebill Platyrinchus mystaceus
(aka White-throated Spadebill)

Brazilian name:
Patinho
White-throated Spadebill, Capricôrnio, São Paulo, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

The Eastern White-throated Spadebill is usually found at high altitudes (600 to 2,000 metres) throughout most of its range in Venezuela and Brazil and adjacent areas of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. In south-east Brazil it can be found in the lowlands. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

White-throated Spadebill, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It's habitat consists of forest and secondary woodland where it remains fairly inconspicuous in the undergrowth.

There are several subspecies and the one found in south-east and east Brazil, P. m. cancromus , has a pale lower mandible, yellow tinges to the throat and more ochraceous colouring on the breast and belly. These are some of the features that distinguish it from Western White-throated Spadebill P. albogularis as split by the HBW and Birdlife International checklist.

White-throated Spadebill, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Both species have the bold facial pattern, the buffy eyering and a yellow coronal patch.

White-throated Spadebill, Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image
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