French: Microtyran à queue courte German: Stummelschwanz-Zwergtyrann Spanish: Mosqueta colicorta
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837,
See M. atricapillus (above). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. e. miserabilis
(C. Chubb, 1919) – E Colombia, W, N & S Venezuela (Táchira, Mérida, Barinas, Carabobo, Aragua, Amazonas, Bolívar), Trinidad, the Guianas, and N Brazil N of Amazon (E from upper R Negro).
M. e. ecaudatus
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Amazon Basin of E Ecuador, E Peru, Brazil S of Amazon (E to Pará) and N & E Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and Santa Cruz).
6·5 cm; 4·2 g. Tiny, the smallest passerine, looking nearly tail-less. Nominate race has dark grey head with very prominent white supraloral spot, white eyering... read more
High-pitched and faint, very insect-like or frog-like, easily mistaken as a non-bird sound; most... read more
Humid forest, forest gaps and edges, also adjacent clearings and second growth; lowlands and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Usually found singly or in pairs, rarely following mixed-species flocks. Forages mostly high in canopy, venturing lower in areas... read more
Eggs from mid-Jun to mid-Sept in Amazonian Brazil; nest with nearly fledged young in late Aug and single breeding record in Jan in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; frequently overlooked. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its range.
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