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Ochre-faced Tody-Flycatcher

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Photo by Xyko Calilegua NP, Jujuy, Argentina, November 2016
Photo by Xyko
Calilegua NP, Jujuy, Argentina, November 2016
Poecilotriccus plumbeiceps

Todirostrum plumbeiceps


[edit] Identification

Photo by Fritz73 Location:  Campina Grande do Sul, PR, Brasil, November, 2016
Photo by Fritz73
Location: Campina Grande do Sul, PR, Brasil, November, 2016

9 - 9.5 cm

  • Buffish-cinnamon forehead and side of head, dusky auriculars
  • Grey crown
  • Dark olive rest of upperparts
  • Dusky wings with two ochraceous wingbars, ochraceous-edged flight-feathers
  • Greyish-white underparts
  • viridiceps with olive tinge on crown and more grey on breast
  • obscurum like viridiceps but darker
  • cinereipectus with more extensive grey on breast

Sexes similar.

[edit] Distribution

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
A fairly common species.

[edit] Taxonomy

Four subspecies recognized:

  • P. p. obscurus on the eastern slope of Andes of southeast Peru (Puno) to north Bolivia
  • P. p. viridiceps from south Bolivia to northwest Argentina (Jujuy and Salta)
  • P. p. plumbeiceps in southeast Brazil (SĂŁo Paulo) to east Paraguay and northeast Argentina
  • P. p. cinereipectus in southeast Brazil (EspĂ­rito Santo and se Minas Gerais); Alagoas

Forms a superspecies with Ruddy Tody-Flycatcher.
Formerly placed in the genus Todirostrum.

[edit] Habitat

Forests and montanes with dense vine tangles, bamboo or bracken thickets. Also in dense undergrowth of second growth.
Occurs at 750 to 2750m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects.
Usually seen foraging in pairs or alone, rarely in mixed flockes. Makes short sallies to catch its prey close to the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Nests recorded in Argentina in November, in Paraguay in January, juveniles seen in March. The nest is an untidy pear-shaped structure with a side entrance. It's made of dry fibres and suspendend from the tip of a branch in a shaded space, 1.4 to 2m above the ground. Lays 2 to 3 eggs. Brood parasitism by Pavonine Cuckoo observed.

[edit] Movements

Probably a sedentary species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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