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Gray-backed Tachuri - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Dave B Smith
Serra do Cipo, MG, Brazil, October 2018
Polystictus superciliaris


9·5 cm (3¾ in)

  • Grey crown
  • Short white supercilium
  • White eye-ring
  • White coronal patch (partially concealed)
  • Brownish-grey upperparts
  • Reddish underparts
  • Whitish wing bars


South America
South-eastern Brazil (central Bahia to Minas Gerais and northern São Paulo)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Grassland dominated by rocks or scrub. Deserted bushy pastures.



This species is a flycatcher, mainly eating insects, which they forage for by clinging to the stems of long grass. They rarely feed on the ground.


There is little information available. They lay 1-2 eggs in a small cup nest of rootlets and moss from July to September.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  4. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014 and November 2018)

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