PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER (Phytotoma raimondii)

PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER (Phytotoma raimondii)
PERUVIAN PLANTCUTTER (Phytotoma raimondii)
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Description: The Peruvian plantcutter is a songbird that can be found in the agricultural regions of Peru and neighboring countries of South America. It is a plump-looking bird with finch-like features and rounded tail feathers. They have a rounded bill with a jagged edge that allows them to prune and eat leaves and shoots. Their distinctive mechanical calls are well-known to farmers who treat them as crop pests. They have a very small and fragmented range, and remaining habitat is rapidly being destroyed.

IUCN Status: Endangered

Major Threat: Habitat loss and fragmentation

Habitat: Deciduous dry forest

Location: Coastal north Peru and neighboring countries

Diet: Leaves of Prosopis trees, shrubs and fruit