BIRD OF THE WEEK RAINBOW-BEARDED THORNBILL — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

RAINBOW-BEARDED THORNBILL

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chalcostigma herrani
POPULATION: Unknown
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: High-altitude forest edge, scrub, and grassland in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

At first glance, the Rainbow-bearded Thornbill seems notable only for its short, dark bill; bold, white tail corners; and rufous forehead and crown. But seen in good lighting, the male’s elongated gorget flares into a glittering cascade of bright colors.

Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Maggie Forester

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