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Why the name Sapayoa? Primarily because it's just a cool name! It's a rare bird species found in remote lowland forests of the Chocó region, one of my areas of expertise and favorite places to bird. The Broad-billed Sapayoa, or simply Sapayoa, is taxonomically an enigma, hence its scientific name Sapayoa aenigma. First it was thought to be a manakin and later it was thought to be related to the tyrant flycatchers. Recent molecular data, however, suggest a close relationship to the Old World broadbills. Currently, most authorities place the species within its own monotypic family. Dull birds can be special too!

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