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Spot-billed Ground Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
East of Yavi, Jujuy Province, Argentina, October 2019
Muscisaxicola maculirostris

Identification

14–15 cm (5½-6 in); smaller and browner than other Ground Tyrants.

  • Short buffish-white supercilium
  • Dark line through the eye

Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. m. niceforoi:
  • Eastern Andes of Colombia (Boyacá and Cundinamarca)
  • M. m. rufescens:
  • Andes of Ecuador (Pichincha to Azuay)
  • M. m. maculirostris:

Habitat

Altiplano, mountain slopes of arid steppe plains. Observed at heights around 3,487 m.

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2020). Spot-billed Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola maculirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57438 on 7 February 2020)

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