French: Calandrite bergeronnette German: Südstelzentyrann Spanish: Rabicano mayor
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Valle Grande, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. b. budytoides
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Greater Wagtail-tyrant – C Bolivia (E Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, N Chuquisaca).
S. b. inzonata
Wetmore & J. L. Peters, 1923 – SE Bolivia (S Santa Cruz to Tarija), W Paraguay and NW Argentina (Jujuy E to Chaco, S to Córdoba and San Luis).
S. b. flavocinerea
(Burmeister, 1861) – C Argentina (Mendoza, Córdoba and W Buenos Aires S to N Río Negro).
S. b. gracilis
J. T. Zimmer, 1955 – Caatinga Wagtail-tyrant – E Brazil (Piauí#R, S Ceará, Pernambuco, Bahia and N Minas Gerais#R).
14·5–16 cm; 8·5–13·2 g (highland populations significantly larger). Distinctive tyrannid with long, graduated tail broadly tipped white. Nominate race has broad... read more
Abrupt “churt”, sometimes in series, varied occasionally into more complex chatter; partners often... read more
Arid scrub, deciduous woodland, Chaco woodland, and dry gallery forest; mainly sea-level to 1000 m... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages in pairs or family groups, from near ground to tops and outer foliage of tall shrubs, in open to dense vegetation,... read more
Oct–Dec in Argentina. Nest an open cup made of plant fibres and rootlets, bonded with spiderwebs, placed 1–2 m above ground on... read more
S populations in Argentina believed to migrate to N portion of range during austral winter, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Recent range extension S in E Brazil; race gracilis recorded in Minas Gerais (left bank of R São Francisco), where... read more
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