Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant (Agriornis micropterus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northeast Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Espinar, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chile

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Espinar, Cuzco

Identification & Behavior: ~24 cm (9.4 in). The Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant if mostly gray-brown. The throat is whitish streaked with black. The bill is bicolored with a yellowish lower mandible. The iris is dark. The tail is gray with white webbing only on the outer tail feathers. It forages in dry and semi-humid Andean scrub. It is similar to the Black-billed Shrike-tyrant and the White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant but is distinguished by a uniform brown plumage and more importantly, by having a gray tail.

Status: The Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant is rare in extreme southern Peru at elevations ranging between 3800-4100 m. The status of this Shrike-tyrant is not well understood. It may be an Austral migrant. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Arriero de Vientre Gris.

Sub-species: Gray-bellied Shrike-Tyrant (Agriornis micropterus andecola), (d’Orbigny), 1840.

Meaning of Name: Agriornis: Gr. agrios= fierce and ornis,ornithos= bird. micropterus: Gr. mikros= small and pteros= winged. Mikroptera= small-winged.

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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.