French: Moucherolle enfumé German: Rußbuschtyrann Spanish: Birro ahumado
See M. pernix. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. olivaceus
(Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1953) – N Colombia (Sierra de Perijá) and W Venezuela (Cerro Tetari, in W Zulia, and R Chiquito, in S Táchira).
M. f. lugubris
(Berlepsch, 1883) – Andes of W Venezuela (Trujillo S to N Táchira).
M. f. fumigatus
(Boissonneau, 1840) – Andes of Colombia and N Ecuador.
M. f. cajamarcae
(Chapman, 1927) – S Ecuador (Cañar) and Peru (on W slope S to Cajamarca, on E slope S to Cuzco).
18–20·5 cm. Dark and nondescript flycatcher, almost like a thrush (Turdidae). Nominate race has narrow white supercilium; uniform dark smoky brown above, wings and tail... read more
Relatively quiet; pre-dawn song a sustained series of whistled “cheea, cheea, cheea, chuéé”,... read more
Middle growth and subcanopy of humid montane and elfin forests; often at edge of clearings and on... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Found singly or in pairs, occasionally accompanying mixed flocks. Perches just below the canopy; alert and erect posture. Usually... read more
In Colombia, Jul–Aug in Sierra de Perijá and N & E Andes and Nov in Cundinamarca; fledglings in Feb in S Colombia (Cauca)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; rare in Peru. Occurs in Guaramacal and Sierra Nevada National Parks, in Venezuela, and all national parks in Andes... read more
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