French: Tyran grisâtre German: Grauschmucktyrann Spanish: Plañidera gris
M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
R. s. frederici
(Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1918) – SE Colombia (S from Meta and Vaupés), E & S Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, Amazonian Brazil (S to Mato Grosso, N Goiás and N Maranhão) and N Bolivia (S to La Paz, Cochabamba and N Santa Cruz).
R. s. simplex
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – E Brazil from Alagoas S to E Minas Gerais and SW São Paulo.
19·5–20·5 cm; 33–38 g. Has plain grey head and upperparts, suggestion of crest on rear crown; wings and tail tinged brownish; underparts slightly paler, light... read more
Loud, fast “r-t-t-t-t-t-t-tchew”, sometimes repeated several times in succession or given with 2... read more
Inhabits middle and upper strata of terra firme humid forest, occasionally in transitional... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on large insects, also some fruit. Analysis of 19 prey items taken from stomachs in SE Peru, included: Homptera (cicadas 32%);... read more
Male in breeding condition in Aug in Colombia; enlarged gonads Aug–Nov in SE Peru. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Given that much of its habitat remains in relatively pristine condition within its large range, it is not likely... read more
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