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Length: 18½â€“21½ cm. (7¼-8½ in.)
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Ground-tyrants in the genus Muscisaxicola are more terrestrial with longer legs. They usually have pale lores and eyebrows, and a reddish or ochre crown patch. Common Diuca-Finch is smaller, with a shorter, stubbier bill, broad white tips to the outer tail-feathers, a gray breast band, and cinnamon flanks.
Sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Pyrope based on the narrow primaries of the male.
There are 2 subspecies
Semi-arid woodland, scrub and lowland pastures.
They hunt from an exposed perch, sallying in the air for flying insects or dropping to the ground.
Breeds from September to December. Female builds a small cup-shaped nest of dry sticks interlaced with grass stems and lined with lichen, moss, wool feathers or hair and placed in a tree or bush. The clutch is 2-4 creamy white eggs marked with red spots.
Mostly insects but they also eat fruit, especially in winter.
Mostly resident but southern populations migrate north in May returning in November.
Calls include a soft, subdued pit or whit and a brief high-pitched tseet sometimes given in series. Song consists of short call notes terminating in a flourish: pit wheet whut T-T-wheeeooo.
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