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Sooty Tyrannulet - BirdForum Opus

Serpophaga nigricans
Photo © Joseph Morlan
Laguna Garzón, El Bonete, Rocha Department, Uruguay. 30 January 2023
Photo by Jamfaraco
Location: Lages/SC, Brazil


12 cm. Small, dark gray-brown above and paler gray below, with indistinct dusky wingbars. A white crown patch is usually hidden unless the bird is excited. Long tail. Sexes alike.


Argentina, Brazil, southeastern Bolivia, Uruguay and southern Paraguay.




Moist shrubland, rivers, and swamps.


They actively flit from perch to perch on rocks or branches but only rarely to the ground. They often leap into the air snatching insects. Often pumps tail expressively and sometimes fans its tail.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Fitzpatrick, J. W. (2020). Sooty Tyrannulet (Serpophaga nigricans), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sootyr1.01

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