French: Dormilon à nuque jaune German: Gelbnacken-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona fraile
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. flavinucha
Lafresnaye, 1855 – N & C Chile (Antofagasta S to Colchagua) and W Argentina (Mendoza S to Santa Cruz).
M. f. brevirostris
Olrog, 1949 – S Chile and S Argentina S to Tierra del Fuego.
Species winters N to N Peru (La Libertad) and W Bolivia.
18·5–20 cm. Large and long-winged ground-tyrant. Has white forehead and supercilium, pale ochre crown patch; rest of crown and upperparts pale brownish-grey; wings... read more
Short high-pitched bursts, “tsee tee tsee tseet”.
Stony slopes with little vegetation, near water; puna grassland and bogs. Mostly 2000... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Mainly terrestrial, making short runs and hops, stopping suddenly and standing erect; less frequently, sallies from the ground or... read more
Oct–Feb; possibly double-brooded. During display, male flies high up with dangling legs, comes to a stall, then drops to ground. Nest... read more
Migratory; spends austral winter (Mar–Sept) farther N, into Andes of W Bolivia and Peru.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. One of the most abundant ground-tyrants in C Chile. Breeding range possibly slightly more extensive; scattered... read more
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