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Photo by Pitter
Location: Dapa, Valle, Colombia
Uropsalis lyra


Adult male has a Lyre-shaped tail.


Northwestern South America: in the Andes from Venezuela to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.


Photo by Michael W
Location: Lower Tandayapa Valley, NW Ecuador

Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • U.l. lyra
  • U.l. peruana
  • U.l. argentina


Different types of rocky areas, usually near water.


Active at night and at dawn and dusk. Has a tendency to hover. Lays a single egg on rock ledge. No nesting material is employed.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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