It inhabits the canopy of wet forest and feeds on fruit and some invertebrates. It has an orange erectile crest, black-spotted yellowish underparts and scaling on the head and neck. As its name implies, it has a sharp bill.
The Sharpbill is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Reproduction - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, SHARPBILLS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS Sharpbill: Oxyruncidae - Diet = Sharpbills eat mainly fruit, insects, and insect eggs. They get their name from their pointed bill that allows them to hunt for food using what is called "pry and gape" behavior. When a sharpbill is feeding, it often hangs upside down on a branch and uses its pointed bill to pry into fruit, tightly rolled leaves, or moss growing on the tree. More
sharpbill pronunciation /ˈʃɑrpˌbɪl/ Show Spelled Show IPA –nouna passerine bird, Oxyruncus cristatus, of New World tropical forests, having greenish plumage and a pointed bill, related to the tyrant flycatchers. Use sharpbill in a SentenceSee images of sharpbillSearch sharpbill on the Web - Origin: sharp + bill2 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. More
The Sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus) is a small drab bird. Its range is from the mountainous areas of tropical South America and southern Central America (Panama and Costa Rica). It inhabits the canopy of wet forest and feeds on fruit and some invertebrates. It has an orange erectile crest, black-spotted yellowish underparts and scaling on the head and neck. As its name implies, it has a sharp bill. More
* Video preview image A Sharpbill on the nest, incubating Tapanti National Park, Cartago Province, Costa Rica Kathy Rohe 3 June 2008 33 weeks ago 56 sec 3.8 * Video preview image A poor view of a distant bird on a treetop Santa Teresa, Espirito Santo, Brazil (ssp cristatus) Josep del Hoyo 25 January 2005 2 years ago 31 sec 3. More
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The exact affinities of the sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus) have been in dispute since the genus Oxyruncus was first described in 1820. Since the late nineteenth century most authors have given the sharpbill family status, despite its widely scattered distribution. Sharpbills are obviously related to the tyrannid passerines, particularly the tyrant flycatchers, cotingas, and manakins. However, the sharpbills' exact relations with these groups remain unclear. More
Sharpbill determination Similar species Cotingidae Bare-necked Fruitcrow | Capuchinbird | Crimson Fruitcrow | Dusky Purpletuft | Guianan Cock-of-the-rock | Guianan Red-Cotinga | Pompadour Cotinga | Purple-breasted Cotinga | Purple-throated Fruitcrow | Screaming Piha | Sharpbill | Spangled Cotinga | White Bellbird | Conservation status Sharpbill status Least Concern Sharpbill (Oxyruncus cristatus) More
The sharpbill is a 16-centimetre- (6.5-inch-) long bird with short legs, longish wings and tail, and sharply pointed bill. It is plain greenish brown above and pale yellowish to white below, with dark spots and bars; the midcrown has a low crest of red feathers. The elongated nostrils are covered with a flap, as in the tapaculos. Its sharp bill probes the bark of trees. Heliobletus contaminatus, of the ovenbird family (Furnariidae), is also called sharpbill, or sharp-billed tree hunter. More
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The enigmatic Sharpbill is a large, canopy-dwelling fruit-eating bird that is the sole member of its monotypic family. Taxonomists have long debated its closest relatives, and it is generally placed close to the Cotingas. Its complex, green and grey plumage provides excellent camouflage in the dappled canopy light. Check out the bizarre call of this species, like a falling bomb without the explosion at the end! Click on the images to enlarge them. More
The sharpbill's head is marked by a red eye and the straight, gray bill that gives the genus its name. This instrument tapers from a broad base to an unusually pointed tip. Short rictal bristles encircle its conical base. A median crest ranges between races from bright crimson to orange. It is raised only when the bird is excited. Adult female plumage is more muted, and the crest is less conspicuous. More
amongst different populations of Sharpbill, a curious bird that is probably best placed in its own family, Oxyruncidae, given that genetic data have yet to provide a consistent 'answer' as to its best placement. In the past it has been variously considered a member of the Cotingidae or the Tyrannidae, or as a member of the recently constituted Tityridae (along with tityras, becards and a handful of other species of somewhat enigmatic affinities). Canon EOS 30D 1/1000s f/11.0 at 420. More