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Photo © by Stanley Jones
East of Yavi, Jujuy Province, Argentina, October 2019
Muscisaxicola maculirostris


14–15 cm (5½-6 in); smaller and browner than other Ground Tyrants.

  • Short buffish-white supercilium
  • Dark line through the eye


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. m. niceforoi:
  • Eastern Andes of Colombia (Boyacá and Cundinamarca)
  • M. m. rufescens:
  • Andes of Ecuador (Pichincha to Azuay)
  • M. m. maculirostris:


Altiplano, mountain slopes of arid steppe plains. Observed at heights around 3,487 m.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2020). Spot-billed Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola maculirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57438 on 7 February 2020)

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