Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Vulnerable

Cock-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus tricolor)


Taxonomy

French: Moucherolle petit-coq German: Hahnenschwanztyrann Spanish: Yetapá chico
Taxonomy:

Gallita tricolor

Vieillot

, 1816,

Paraguay

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

N Bolivia, S Brazil (S Mato Grosso E to Minas Gerais, S to Paraná) and E Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

12 cm, breeding-plumaged male to 19 cm. Male has white or whitish face; mostly black above, with grey on rump (black feathers brown-fringed in fresh plumage), white shoulders... read more

Voice

Mostly silent; weak “tic-tic-tic” by male during aerial courtship.

Habitat

Large expanses of open, grassy habitats, especially campo, cerrado and humid... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Often gregarious, even during breeding; large aggregations of female-plumaged birds sometimes seen. Conspicuous; while perched... read more

Breeding

Aug–Nov; timing of breeding may vary with onset of rains. Male displays by rising slowly into air from 5 m up to 100 m with... read more

Movements

Resident; at the most only partially migratory or nomadic.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon to locally common; very local, largely because of rarity of undisturbed habitat, especially tall grass; numerous only in protected areas. Estimated... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A., Langham, G. & de Juana, E. (2018). Cock-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus tricolor). 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/57415 on 19 November 2018).