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Serpophaga cinerea
Photo by Pitter
Location: Riaralda Department, Colombia.


A small (11.5cm, 4.5"), mostly grey flycatcher always associated with water. Dark head, wings and tail, light grey body with whitish underparts. Easily identified when habitat is taken into account.


Costa Rica to western Panama and disjointly from Colombia to northwestern Venezuela and northern Bolivia.


Two subspecies are recognized:


Rushing rivers and streams. Occasionally ranges into nearby wet pastures or gravel roads. The southern subspecies are in Andes mountains between 700 and 3100m.


Usually in pairs, foraging along banks on on rocks in the middle of streams, occasionally sallying for insects in the air.

It builds a cup nest, lined with feathers and covered with moss on the outside, on a branch up to 4 m high over water, or on a rocky shore. 2 unmarked pale buff or whitish eggs are laid.


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  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.

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