Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola frontalis)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Aconcagua, Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cailloma, Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Arequipa

Identification & Behavior: ~17 cm (6.8 in). The Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant is gray above and whitish gray below. It has white lores and a distinctive black forehead that projects to the crown. It forages on open areas with short grass. The black forehead is diagnostic. The Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant is superficially similar to the Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant but is distinguished a paler plumage, white lores, and a distinctive black forehead.

Status: The Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant is a rare Austral migrant to extreme southern Peru where it ranges at elevations of 3750-4300 m. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Dormilona de Frente Negra.

Sub-species: Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola frontalis), (Burmeister), 1860.

Meaning of Name: Muscisaxicola: From the genus Muscicapa Brisson 1760 (flycatcher), and genus Saxicola (wheatear Oenanthe). frontalis: L. frons, frontis= forehead, brow, frontalis= fronted, frontal.

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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.