Andean Negrito (Lessonia oreas)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Ondores, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Arequipa

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Ondores, Junin

Identification & Behavior: ~12.5 cm (5 in). The male Andean Negrito is all black with a prominent rufous mantle. The plumage pattern of a female is similar but black is replaced by gray-brown and the rufous mantle is replaced by rich brown. It forages exclusively along short-grassed edges of Andean lakes. The plumage and habitat choice make the Andean Negrito unmistakeable. Light-colored females, from a distance, may resemble a Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant.

Status: The Andean Negrito is uncommon at the edges of bodies of water in the high Andes at elevations ranging between 3100-4600 m. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Negrito Andino.

Sub-species: Andean Negrito (Lessonia oreas), (P. L. Sclater and Salvin), 1869.

Meaning of Name: Lessonia: In honor of René-Primevère Lesson (1794-1849) French Navy surgeon-naturalist, explorer. oreas: L. oreias, oreiados, oreiad= mountain nymph.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.