Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Plataforma, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant has a greenish-olive mantle. The crown is gray. The forehead, chin, and sides of the head are grizzled. It has a large black ear patch. The bill is blackish. The wing coverts are edged with yellow giving the impression of a patterned wing with thin wing bars. The breast is gray in southern birds (ottonis) or olive-yellow on the underparts in northern birds (ophthalmicus). It forages in the upper understory and sub-canopy of humid montane forests often in the company of mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Slaty-capped flycatcher but is distinguished by smaller size, thinner bill, and by a yellowish edging of the wing coverts between the wing bars. Also, see Ashy-headed Tyrannulet.

Status: The Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant is fairly common in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 750-1800 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Moscareta-Cerdosa de Cara Jasteada.

Sub-species: Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus ophthalmicus), (Taczanowski), 1874.  Andes of Colombia (W & C ranges), NW & E Ecuador and E slope in Peru (S to Ayacucho).
(Phylloscartes ophthalmicus ottonis), (Berlepsch), 1901.  SE Peru (Cuzco, Madre de Dios) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Phylloscartes: Gr. phullon = leaf and skairo= to skip, to dance. ophthalmicus: L. ophthalmos= eye, ophthalmicus= of the eye.

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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.