Collared Crescentchest Gallery

The Collared Crescentchest, or Melanopareia torquata, is a flagship bird of the Cerrado, found in the dry savannas of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. In undisturbed habitat, it can be heard throughout the day giving its repetitive, territorial call, staying low to the ground in tall, dry grass. Similarly furtive in behavior to the tapaculos, the crescentchests are much more often heard than seen, but a little playback will sometimes bring one into the semi open. My first encounter with a Collared Crescentchest was a spectacular one, as an individual bird responded aggressively by coming out into the open and hopping along the ground, even feeding right in front of me.

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