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Crowned Slaty Flycatcher

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Photo by Carlos HenriquePenápolis - SP - Brazil, December 2007
Photo by Carlos Henrique
Penápolis - SP - Brazil, December 2007
Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus

Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus


[edit] Identification

Length 17cm. A mid-sized flycatcher of typical morph but with drab dark plumage and no wing bars. Upperparts dark grey, underparts slilghtly lighter. A black cap with a hidden bright yellow patch are the most diagnostic markings for this species.

[edit] Distribution

Brazil and Bolivia to Argentina, on east slope of Andes only. During the austral winter, it migrates into the mostly western and central Amazon Basin as a non-breeding resident. It is resident southward to central latitudes of Argentina.
It has occurred as a vagrant in both Panama and Louisiana[2].

[edit] Taxonomy

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher is placed in its own genus (Griseotyrannus) by some authorities[2] (discussion in this thread).

[edit] Subspecies

There are two subspecies[1]:

  • E. a. pallidiventris:
  • Eastern Brazil (Rio Tapajos to northern Goi southern and Piau¡)
  • E. a. aurantioatrocristatus:
  • Bolivia to northern Argentina and southern Brazil; winters north to western Amazonia

[edit] Habitat

Tall, dry woods, forest edges, savannahs with trees.

[edit] Behaviour

Typical behaviour for a flycatcher - returns to a favorite perch repeatedly after sorties to collect insects.

[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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at
  3. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds

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