French: Tyranneau des torrents German: Sturzbach-Kleintyrann Spanish: Piojito guardarríos
Tarma, Junín, Peru
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. grisea
Lawrence, 1871 – Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Veraguas).
S. c. cinerea
(Tschudi, 1844) – Andean slopes and foothills from Colombia (including Santa Marta Mts and Sierra de Perijá) and Venezuela (Trujillo) S to Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
11 cm; 7–8 g. Distinctive, pale grey tyrannulet of rocky torrents. Nominate race has black crown, nape and head side, semi-concealed white crownstripe, pale grey back... read more
Dawn song a bubbly “chit-chitrrr, chit-chitrrr, chirr, chitrrr” repeated endlessly from... read more
Most often along rocky margins of fast-flowing mountain streams and rivers surrounded by forest;... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages alone or in pairs, typically perching on rocks, roots, overhanging branches or riverbanks; makes short, quick sallies to... read more
Jan–Jun in Costa Rica and Panama, May–Sept in Colombia, and Jul probably through Dec in E Peru. Nest (Costa Rica) a substantial... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; rare in W Peru. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Rancho Naturalista, in Costa Rica, Tambito Nature Reserve, in Colombia,... read more
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