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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Infraorder: Eurylaimides
Family: Sapayoidae
Irestedt et al., 2006
Genus: Sapayoa
Hartert, 1903
Species: S. aenigma
Binomial name
Sapayoa aenigma
Hartert, 1903

The Sapayoa or Broad-billed Sapayoa, Sapayoa aenigma, is a suboscine passerine found in lowland rainforests in Panama and northwest South America.

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Other common names Broad-billed Sapayoa


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[1]. 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[1]. Other aspects of its biology as late as 2003 were still unknown[2].

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  1. ^ a b Ridgely & Tudor (1994): p.689, plate 46.
  2. ^ Kemp & Sherley (2003)


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