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A bird whose large eye color is complemented by a body with a soft neck shade of beautiful green, canary yellow and red!

A bird whose large eye color is complemented by a body with a soft neck shade of beautiful green, canary yellow and red!
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A rather colorful sluggish bird who forages at mid-upper levels, sometimes joining mixed-species feeding flocks.

MEET THE RUFOUS-BROWED PEPPERSHRIKE

The red shrike (Cyclarhis gujanensis) is 15 cm (5.9 inches) long and weighs 28 grams (0.99 ounces). This bird has a crested head, this bird has beak-like curved feathers that are black below and grayish pink above. Head usually gray with a strong rufous to red supercilium. On the other hand, the crown is bronze and brown, the top is green, the throat and heart are yellow and the belly is white. Many members of this species have significant changes in eye or iris color from red to yellow, orange or dark brown, perhaps depending on age, something common in all species.

Photo Courtesy of Félix Uribe/CC BY-SA 2.0

The ochrocephala species from the southeast of the range has a short rufous supercilium and a brownish crown.

The species viranticeps, contrerasi, and saturata in northwestern Peru and western Ecuador have pale green leaves, small fingers and cheeks (not gray, as in the species “species”).

Photo Courtesy of Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes/CC BY-SA 2.0

These birds can be found from Mexico to Trinidad and south down to Argentina and Uruguay.

This bird likes to live in a variety of settings such as dry forests, clearings, forest edges, and savannahs. They will also live in and around eucalyptus trees, cerrados, caatingas, dirty pastures, mangrove parks, and urban streets.

Rufous-browed peppershrikes feed on insects and spiders that it captures amongst the leaves and branches, although they have also been observed hunting lizards.

These birds build a flimsy cup-shaped nest high in a tree, laying a clutch of up to two to three pinkish-white eggs lightly blotched with brown within. Like most vireos, the peppershrike ejects parasitic cowbird eggs.

This bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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