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Piratic Flycatcher

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Photo by arthurgrossetPhotographed: Murici, Alagoas, Brazil
Photo by arthurgrosset
Photographed: Murici, Alagoas, Brazil
Legatus leucophaius


[edit] Identification

Olive-brown above, long white supercilium, whitish malar bordered by a thin dark streak below. The bill is short, plain wings with pale edges to the feathers, white throat while the breast has indistinct dark streaks above the pale yellow of the belly.

[edit] Distribution

Two subspecies share the range from Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

This species is rarely noticed during non-breeding season in Trinidad; it is not completely certain whether this is due to migration or inconspicous behavior. Southernmost populations does migrate north in local winter (e.g., Argentina)

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L. l. variegatus
  • L. l. leucophaius

[edit] Habitat

Borders of humid forests and woodlands, and single trees in clearings, mostly in relative lowland.

[edit] Behaviour

It gets its name because it uses the nest another species has prepared; as soon as the nest is finished it starts harassing the original owners, until they give up. ffrench (Birds of Trinidad and Tobago) mentions 9 different genera as hosts; all build domed or enclosed nests. Apparently, Crested Oropendola is the most important species in Trinidad.

[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

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