Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-fronted Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola albifrons)


Taxonomy

French: Dormilon à front blanc German: Weißstirn-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona gigante
Taxonomy:

Pt[yonura]. albifrons

Tschudi

, 1844,

Junín, Peru

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & S Peru (S from SE Ancash and Junín), W Bolivia (La Paz, N Oruro, W Cochabamba) and extreme N Chile (Cordillera de Arica, in Tarapacá).

Descriptive notes

20–21·5 cm. Largest Muscisaxicola, with long wings (primaries extend nearly to tail tip). Has conspicuous white forehead merging on to supercilium, brownish... read more

Voice

Unknown.

Habitat

High puna grassland and barren rocky hillsides with boulders and cliff faces but little or... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually solitary, even in non-breeding season. Forages mostly on the ground, pursuing prey by running or in short and swift low... read more

Breeding

Eggs in Nov and Jan in Chile. Nest an open cup, placed on slope with sparse low shrubs and bunchgrass. No other information available.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally considered uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, in Peru, and Lauca... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). White-fronted Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola albifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57442 on 18 July 2019).