French: Platyrhynque à cimier blanc German: Silberkopf-Spatelschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano crestiblanco
J. F. Gmelin
locality unknown, possibly Suriname
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. platyrhynchos
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – E Colombia (E Guainía and E Vaupés, probably also E Vichada), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, and N Amazonian Brazil (upper R Negro E to R Branco and N Pará).
P. p. senex
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1880 – E Ecuador, E Peru, extreme W Brazil (R Juruá) and N Bolivia (S to La Paz, SW Beni, and NE Santa Cruz).
P. p. nattereri
E. J. O. Hartert & Hellmayr, 1902 – SC Amazonian Brazil from lower R Purus E to upper R Madeira and R Jiparaná (E Amazonas).
P. p. amazonicus
Berlepsch, 1912 – E Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon, from left bank of R Tapajós E to N Maranhão.
10·5–11·5 cm; 11·5–13 g. Large-headed, stub-tailed flycatcher; bill extremely broad (12 mm), broadest of genus. Nominate race has grey head, darker on crown and... read more
Song a thin buzzy or burry trill that ascends and then descends in pitch, e.g. as “pr’re’re’e’e’e’e... read more
Open understorey of humid terra firme forest; most numerous in forests on sandy soils.... read more
Food and feeding
Small arthropods; bugs (Hemiptera), including homopterans of family Fulgoridae, recorded in diet in Surinam. Occurs in pairs; not seen to... read more
Recorded (without specific details) in Nov in Surinam; male in breeding condition in May in SE Colombia. Display-flight between perches at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rare throughout most of range, but could be overlooked; local in NW Amazonia, and uncommon to locally fairly common in Venezuela. Few... read more
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