Sapayoidae – Sapayoa

Sapa Sapayoa (Sapayoa aenigma) ©WikiC

Sapayoa (Sapayoa aenigma) ©WikiC

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CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Sapayoidae – Sapayoa


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Sapayoa (Sapayoa aenigma) -IBC

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The sapayoa is a small, olive-colored bird, somewhat paler below and with a yellowish throat. Its habitus resembles a bigger, longer-tailed, broader-billed female manakin. It is rare to uncommon in the forest understory, favoring ravines and small streams.[11] It is usually seen in pairs or mixed-species flocks. It spends long periods perching, then sallies up to pick fruit or catch insects, on foliage or in mid-air, with its flat, wide bill in a way reminiscent of flatbills.

The sapayoa builds a nest suspended from a branch usually above a stream. It is a pear shaped structure with the larger end at the top and fibres hanging beneath. The entrance is at the side.