Campylopterus calcirupicola

Vasconcelos, Marcelo Ferreira de, 2018, First avifaunal survey of a Cerrado dry forest enclave on the right bank of the São Francisco River, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with insights on geographic variation of some species, Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia 58, pp. 1-18: 4

publication ID 10.11606/1807-0205/2018.58.15

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Campylopterus calcirupicola


Campylopterus calcirupicola   (Dry-forest Sabrewing)

This is a recently described species endemic to dry forests of central Brazil ( Lopes et al., 2017). Curral de Pedras is located 75 km southwest from the type locality, in Montes Claros. Despite being a medium frequent species (IFL = 5.8%), it was recorded predominantly inside dry forest during the dry season (in May and July), where it was observed visiting flowers of Ruellia brevifolia   ( Acanthaceae   ) and Gurania sp. ( Cucurbitaceae   ). During the rainy season (November), it was observed in the vegetation growing over limestone outcrops, visiting flowers of Tacinga saxatilis   ( Cactaceae   ). On September, one individual was observed bathing among wet leaflets of a shrubby legume ( Fabaceae   ).

Three females were collected (MCNA 4977, MCNA 5050, MCNA 5190). Using the identification key provided by Lopes et al. (2017), these specimens match perfectly C. calcirupicola   , including rectrices narrow and pointed (in comparison to C. diamantinensis), with bright bronze green basal half ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ). Measurements and body mass of these specimens are presented on Table 1.

Given the scarcity of records of this species, with only eight known collecting sites ( Lopes et al., 2017), the occurrence of C. calcirupicola   in Curral de Pedras is very important to the knowledge of its range, since it is located at its southernmost limits.