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(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Cattle Tyrant M. rixosa) Gr. μαχητης makhētēs fighter, warrior  < μαχη makhē  battle  < μαχομαι makhomai  to fight; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "MACHETORNIS, G. R. Gray (1841).  Chrysolophus a, Swains. (1837).  Muscicapa, Spix.  Tyrannus, Vieill.  Pepoaza, D'Orb. et Lafr.   M. rixosa, (Vieill.) G. R. Gray.  M. Joaziero, Spix's Av. Br., pl. 23.  C. ambulans, Swains.  ...  a Previously used in Entomology" (G. Gray 1841). The Cattle Tyrant has the pugnacious habits typical of tyrant flycatchers, and sometimes appropriates the nests of other small birds for its own use.
Var. Machaetornis.
Synon. Chrysolophus.