French: Moucherolle orné German: Schmucktyrann Spanish: Mosquiterito adornado occidental
Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. phoenicurus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. o. ornatus
(Lafresnaye, 1853) – C Andes and N & C parts of E range, in Colombia.
M. o. stellatus
(Cabanis, 1873) – W Andes of Colombia and W slope of Andes in Ecuador (S to El Oro).
11·4–12 cm; 8·2–13·4 g. Strikingly patterned flycatcher. Nominate race has black on face and crown, conspicuous white crescent-shaped pre-... read more
Very loud (for size of bird), ringing, single “peek” or “wheep”, repeated... read more
Humid montane forest and older second growth, often in old treefall gaps and dark, mossy ravines... read more
Food and feeding
Diet very little known beyond insects, but presumably very similar to that of M. phoenicurus (which see). Forages singly or, more... read more
Nest in Mar and mid Apr (see Ornithological Note), and birds in breeding condition in May in Colombia. Mar nest found in Colombia was dome-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Occurs in numerous conservation units, among them Tambito Natural Reserve and Tatamá National Park,... read more
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