The domino masked bright scarlet-colored underparts, crests contrasting with black-brownish wings in males, while females are greyish brown with pale greyish-white superciliary.
This resident breeder from America is sighted in arid areas (not far from water), with scattered trees, bushes, and borders of woodlands usually perching open lower branches. Termites, grasshoppers, beetles, butterflies, and spiders; in short, arthropods make a good meal for them.
The courtship display is spectacular, with its raised crest, furious fluttering wings, and a series of tinkling musical notes during predawn darkness or midday sun.
Urbanization, excessive groundwater pumping, and other anthropogenic activities resulting in habitat destruction are primary threats to this species.
Did you know?
- The Nuptial gifts consist of fleshy insects.
- During the courtship display, the male bounces up to 30m (100ft) high and hovers for a few moments before dropping back to the perch.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No