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Photo by Carlos Henrique
Guaraú - Peruíbe - SP - Brazil, September 2008
Myiornis auricularis


A tiny bird at 7.5 cm or 3 inches
Notable features are the cinnamon-buff area around the eye, the grey head and neck, black spot around the ear and the underpart streaking and colouring.


South America: found in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.



Myiornis auricularis has two subspecies[1]:

  • M. a. cinereicollis
  • M. a. auricularis


Atlantic rainforest, edges and clearings.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.


They construct a purse-shaped nest which has a side entrance, from twigs, stems and leaves.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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