Chordates •

Kinglet calyptura

(Calyptura cristata)



The kinglet calyptura (Calyptura cristata) is a small passerine bird.It is the only member of the genus Calyptura in the family Tyrannidae.It had traditionally been considered a member of the family Cotingidae.It is endemic to Atlantic forest in south-eastern Brazil.For a long time this species was feared to be extinct,as it went unrecorded during the 20th century until two birds were observed in Serra dos Órgãos on several days in October 1996.Since these sightings,there have not been any confirmed records,although at least one recent—but unconfirmed—record exists from near Ubatuba.Consequently,it is considered Critically Endangered by BirdLife International.When classified as a cotinga,it was the smallest known species of that family.The kinglet calyptura's call has been described as brief,hoarse,and disagreeable,as well as surprisingly loud for a bird of its size.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
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