French: Dormilon à calotte rousse German: Rotscheitel-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona nuquirroja
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Cobija, Antofagasta, Chile
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. pallidiceps
Hellmayr, 1927 – SW Peru (Arequipa S to Tacna), N Chile (Arica S to Antofagasta), SW Bolivia and NW Argentina (S to La Rioja).
M. r. rufivertex
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – mountains of Chile (Atacama S to Colchagua) and W Argentina (Sierra de Mendoza, W Córdoba and NE San Luis).
15·5–18 cm; 18·7–21·9 g. The palest and purest grey ground-tyrant. Nominate race has faint white supercilium and broken eyering, bright... read more
Call a high-pitched “tsit”; male during display utters thin, high-pitched “twee-... read more
Grassland and grassy or ploughed pastures, often near rocky slopes and ravines, cliffs and edges,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Mainly terrestrial, making short runs and hops after prey, stopping suddenly and standing very erect; less frequently, sallies... read more
Nests found in Nov–Jan in Argentina; eggs in Sept in C Chile; nestlings in Sept (Cuzco) and Dec (Puno) in S Peru. Displaying male... read more
Not well known. Race pallidiceps is an altitudinal migrant, descending as low as 300 m in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. The most abundant ground-tyrant in SW Peru. Occurs in Eduardo Avaroa and Toro Toro National Parks, in... read more
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