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Rufous Twistwing
Cnipodectes sp nov Extrema BO 3
Information
Range southeastern Peru, northern Bolivia and far western Brazil (Acre only).
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Tyrannidae
Genus Cnipodectes
Species Cnipodectes superrufus
Conservation Status
VUSpecies
Vulnerable

The Rufous twistwing (Cnipodectes superrufus), is a species of twistwing in the Tyrannidae family. It was described as a new species in 2007.

It is associated with bamboo growing in humid forested regions in southeastern Peru, northern Bolivia and far western Brazil (Acre only). Most of its range is remote. Nevertheless, it has recently been estimated that the total population is below 10,000 individuals, leading to recommendations of treating it as vulnerable, and this was followed by BirdLife International in 2009. As suggested by its common name, its primaries are modified as in the related, but smaller, brownish twistwing. Unlike the brownish twistwing, the rufous twistwing is bright rufous overall.

In 2009, Andrew Spencer recorded the effect of the twist in the wings of the rufous twistwing.

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