Black-tailed Flycatcher (Myiobius atricaudus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Acre, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Piaui, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Buenaventura, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Buenaventura, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~12.5 cm (5 in). The Black-tailed Flycatcher has olive-brown upperparts with a black tail it often flashes and spread wide while foraging for insects. It has a light yellow rump. It also has a golden-yellow crown patch that is better defined in the male. The breast is light brown. The bill is black with yellowish on the base of the mandible. It forages in the understory of the forest. It is similar to the Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher but is distinguished by having lighter olive upperparts, a lighter brown breast, and an overall less saturated plumage. However, the identification of these two species needs to be done with caution.

Status: The Black-tailed Flycatcher is rare and widespread in Amazonia where it seems to be associated with Varzea forest. It also occurs in the semideciduous forest of northwest Peru, in Tumbes. The Black-tailed Flycatcher also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Mosquerito de Cola Negra.

Sub-species: Black-tailed Flycatcher (Myiobius atricaudus portovelae), Chapman, 1924.  W Ecuador and NW Peru.
(Myiobius atricaudus adjacens), J. T. Zimmer, 1939.  S Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru, and W Brazil S of Amazon.

Meaning of Name: Myiobius: Gr muia, muias= fly and bios= living, livelihood. atricaudus: L. ater= black and cauda= tail.

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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.