French: Moucherolle à longs brins German: Weißkappen-Schleppentyrann Spanish: Mosquero colilargo
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. leuconota
(Lafresnaye, 1842) – SE Honduras and E Nicaragua S to NC & W Colombia and W Ecuador (N Guayas).
C. c. fuscicapillus
(P. L. Sclater, 1862) – #RE Andes of Colombia, E Ecuador (S to Cordillera del Cóndor) and extreme NE Peru (NW Loreto, NE Amazonas).
C. c. poecilonota
(Cabanis, 1849) – #RSE Venezuela (S of R Orinoco in Bolívar, and Cerro de la Neblina in Amazonas) and the Guianas.
C. c. niveiceps
J. T. Zimmer, 1930 – SE Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe), E Peru and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).
C. c. colonus
(Vieillot, 1818) – C & E Brazil (from Marajó I, S Maranhão and Bahia S to S Mato Grosso do Sul and N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
Male 23–28 cm, female 18–22 cm; 15–18 g. Male nominate race dull black, with white forehead and forecrown; whitish rump; belly greyish-black; central tail... read more
Soft, rising “tuweee” or “wheeet” while flicking tail up, sometimes calls 2–3 times in quick... read more
Borders of tropical and upper tropical humid forest and secondary woodland, edges of gallery forest... read more
Food and feeding
Of 37 prey items in SE Peru, 60% were hymenopterans, 31% coleopterans; in Costa Rica, 67% of prey items were sweatbees (Trigona).... read more
Birds in breeding condition and nests located Mar–Jul in Central America, Colombia and Venezuela; in Argentina, pair feeding... read more
Mostly resident; apparently leaves extreme S of range for austral winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Somewhat local, requiring suitable dead stump with cavity, and nearby colonies of bees. Tolerant of converted habitats, and... read more
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