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Sharp-tailed Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant

Photo by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, April 2016
Culicivora caudacuta


10·5 cm (4 in)

  • Dark brown upperparts, heavily streaked with buff
  • White underparts
  • Cinnamon flanks
  • Black crown
  • White supercilium
  • Black eyestripe
  • Brown tail
    • Feathers long, slender and pointed


South America: found from eastern Bolivia to south-central Brazil, eastern Paraguay, Uruguay and north-eastern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species1.


Open dry and wet grassland.



They forage in pairs and small groups mostly for insects, with seeds also probably being eaten.


They construct a small cup nest from grass and other plant material.


Vocalizations are high pitch and nasal.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)

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