Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-bellied Shrike-tyrant (Agriornis micropterus)


French: Gaucho argentin German: Weißbrauen-Hakentyrann Spanish: Gaucho gris

Agriornis microptera


, 1839,

Port Desire, Patagonia, Argentina


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. andecola (d’Orbigny, 1840) – temperate zone of S Peru (Puno), Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Potosí), N Chile (Tarapacá) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, Tucumán).
  • A. m. micropterus Gould, 1839 – Andes of C & S Argentina (Mendoza, La Pampa and S Buenos Aires S to Santa Cruz); S breeders migrate N to S Bolivia, SW Paraguay and S Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–24·5 cm. Male nominate race has crown grey-brown, supercilium whitish, ear-coverts tinged rufous; generally grey-brown above, wing-coverts pale greyish, flight-... read more


    Usually silent; male pursuing another gives high-pitched petulant calls; also high-pitched whistle... read more


    Open shrubby steppes (with Baccharis), hillsides, and puna grassland with some... read more

    Food and feeding

    Large in­sects, small mammals, lizards, frogs, and eggs or nestlings of other birds. Perches conspicuously on rocks or in bushtops;... read more


    Eggs in Jan in Chile (Tarapacá); nests found in Sept and Oct and eggs and begging fledgling in Dec in Argentina. Male has aerial display.... read more


    Resident in N (andecola). S population (nominate) migrates N in austral winter (at least... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon, locally fairly common. Fairly common in N Chile (Collacagua Valley and around San Pedro de Atacama), but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A., Langham, G. & de Juana, E. (2019). Grey-bellied Shrike-tyrant (Agriornis micropterus). 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 on 7 December 2019).