French: Tyran querelleur German: Graslandtyrann Spanish: Picabuey
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. flavigularis
Todd, 1912 – E Panama, N, C & E Colombia (N Chocó and upper R Sinú E to Guajira, S to Cauca) and N Venezuela (E to Guárico, W Anzoátegui and Delta Amacuro, S to N Bolívar).
M. r. obscurodorsalis
Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1948 – SW Venezuela (Barinas, W Apure and S Cojedes), E Colombia E of Andes (S from Norte de Santander) and E Ecuador.
M. r. rixosa
(Vieillot, 1819) – E & S Brazil (extreme NE Pará E to Rio Grande do Norte, and S to Rio Grande do Sul, also S from S Mato Grosso and Goiás), N & E Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz S to Tarija), Paraguay, most of N Argentina (S to San Luis, Córdoba and Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.
19·5 cm; 29–40 g. Nominate race is primarily pale olive-brown or sandy brown to caramel-brown above; head mostly pale brownish, more greyish on crown, bright... read more
Common call a brief series of thin, squeaky notes that rises in pitch, dawn song a short, repeated... read more
Drier semi-open to open habitats, including savanna, pastureland with scattered bushes and trees,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Usually forages in pairs or small groups. Semi-terrestrial; runs rapidly on ground, with upright posture, sometimes for... read more
Nest-building observed in Mar (Meta) and juveniles in Jul (lower R Sinú) in Colombia; season Jun–Oct (Guárico) and... read more
Mostly resident; some dispersal or local movements occur. Populations of nominate race in S part of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Tolerant of converted habitat, and occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its large range.
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