Brownish Twistwing (Cnipodectes subbrunneus)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mutata, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~18 cm (7 in). The Brownish Twistwing is brownish above. It has a crest concolor with the back and reddish-brown iris. The breast is lighter brown grading to grayish-brown towards the rest of the underparts. It has a bi-colored bill. The chin is whitish-gray. The female is smaller than the male. It forages in the understory of the forest in Amazonia. It is similar to the Brown-winged Schiffornis but is distinguished by larger size, varicolored bill, and brownish upperparts. It is not known to overlap with the closely related Rufous Twistwing.

Status: The Brownish Twistwing is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia south to northern Madre de Dios. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Alitorcido Pardusco.

Sub-species: Brownish Twistwing (Cnipodectes subbrunneus minor), P. L. Sclater, 1884.

Meaning of Name: Cnipodectes: Gr. knips, knipos= insect, woodworm and dektes, dakno= biter, to bite. subbrunneus: L. sub= somewhat, beneath and brunneus= brown.

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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.