French: Dormilon à bec maculé German: Schnabelfleck-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona chica
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
La Paz, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. niceforoi
J. T. Zimmer, 1947 – N part of E Andes of Colombia (Boyacá, Cundinamarca).
M. m. rufescens
Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 – Ecuador (Pichincha S to Chimborazo).
M. m. maculirostris
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – Peru (S from Cajamarca), Bolivia, Chile (S to Magallanes) and W Argentina (Jujuy S to Santa Cruz); S populations migrate N.
14–15 cm. Smallest highland ground-tyrant. Nominate race has short buffish-white supercilium, dusky line through eye; smoky grey with brownish tinge above, wings... read more
In aerial display “t-t-tk-tk” and “wheeoo”, repeated up to 15 times; also utters short “tek”.
Xeric barren areas with sparse bushy vegetation, preferring steep rocky slopes, banks or walls;... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Usually singly or in pairs; less often in small and loose groups during non-breeding period; less conspicuous than other ground-... read more
Generally Oct–Mar; Jun–Jul in Ecuador and Colombia, eggs in Oct–Nov in Chile, and nests in Dec–Jan and fledgling in... read more
Mostly resident; at least a partial migrant in S portion of range, most birds moving N after... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Apparently less abundant in N & S than in C parts of range; isolated N race niceforoi is included on... read more
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