Plumbeous Black-Tyrant (Knipolegus cabanisi)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Calilegua, Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Jujuy, Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Jujuy, Argentina

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Jujuy, Argentina

Identification & Behavior: ~16 cm (6.2 in). The male Plumbeous Black-Tyrant is all slaty-gray with a mostly bluish-gray bill. The female is brownish above and grayish-brown below with dusky streaking on the breast. The wing coverts are dusky with two rufous wing bars. The lower rump is rufous-brown. The tail feathers have rufous-brown edging. The iris is reddish-brown in both sexes. It forages at the edges of humid montane forest and humid montane scrub. It is very similar to the Jelski’s Black-Tyrant but these two species replace each other geographically and their ranges do not overlap. Also, see White-winged Black-Tyrant.

Status: The Plumbeous Black-Tyrant is uncommon to rare in montane forests of the east slope of the central and southern Andes at elevations ranging between 1800-2700 m. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Viudita-Negra Plomiza.

Sub-species: Plumbeous Black-Tyrant (Knipolegus cabanisi), Schulz, 1882.

Meaning of Name: Knipolegus: Gr. knips, knipos= insect and lego= to pick. cabanisi: In honor of Louis Cabanis (1816-1906) German ornithologist, founding editor of Journal für Ornithologie 1853.

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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.