Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola flavinucha)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huancavelica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huancavelica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Carampoma, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~24 cm (9.4 in). The Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant is mouse-gray above and light gray below. It has white on the forehead and face. The wing coverts and flight feather are edged with white. It has a conspicuous and well-defined ochre patch on the nape. It forages in short grass often near bodies of water. It is the second largest Ground-tyrant and similar to the White-fronted Ground-Tyrant but is distinguished from the latter by a smaller size and the conspicuous ochre patch on the nape. The also similar Rufous-naped Ground-Tyrant is smaller, lighter in color, and the nape patch is reddish rufous.

Status: The Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant is an Austral migrant expected in Peru during the months of March through October. It generally occurs at elevations ranging between 3800-4900 m. It also occurs in Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Dormilona de Nuca Ocrácea.

Sub-species: Ochre-naped Ground-Tyrant (Muscisaxicola flavinucha flavinucha), Lafresnaye, 1855.

Meaning of Name: Muscisaxicola: From the genus Muscicapa Brisson 1760 (flycatcher), and genus Saxicola (wheatear Oenanthe). flavinucha: L. flavus= yellow, golden-yellow and nuchus= nape.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.