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Dark-faced Ground Tyrant

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Subspecies maclovianusPhoto by Joseph Morlan Location: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
Subspecies maclovianus
Photo by Joseph Morlan
Location: Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
Muscisaxicola maclovianus


[edit] Identification

Subspecies mentalisPhoto by Rodrigo Reyes Location: Mantagua, V Chile
Subspecies mentalis
Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Location: Mantagua, V Chile

Length 16cm
Typical appearance and behavior of the other Ground-Tyrants, with long dark legs. Overall buffy brownish-grey, with darker head, wings, and even darker tail fringed with white. Short straight bill.

[edit] Distribution

West slope of Andes in Chile, southern Argentina (most common in Patagonia); Falkland Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies mentalisPhoto by Vernon LundyTierra del Fuego, Argentina, October 2006
Subspecies mentalis
Photo by Vernon Lundy
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, October 2006

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • M. m. mentalis: smaller and browner than the nominate
  • M. m. maclovianus:

The scientific name has changed from macloviana to maclovianus.

[edit] Habitat

Open ground near water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Small insects such as flies and moths.

[edit] Breeding

The nest, composed of grass and root fibres with a lining of wool or feathers, is placed among rocks. Two or three eggs are white with red-brown spots. Two broods are probably raised during the breeding season.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. {Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409

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