White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant (Agriornis albicauda)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Azuay, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Celendin, Cajamarca|Azuay, Ecuador

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Upper Sta Eulalia Valley | Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Azuay, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~23 cm (9 in). The White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant has gray-brown upperparts and breast. The throat is whitish. The breast and belly are brown. The throat is streaked with black. The underparts have some black streaking but the streaking density seems to vary among individuals. The bill is thick with a yellowish mandible. The iris is dark. The tail is largely white with a gray central pair of feathers. It forages in dry and semi-humid Andean scrub. It is similar to the Black-billed Shrike-tyrant but is distinguished by larger size, a thicker bill with a yellowish mandible, and dark iris.

Status: The White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant is rare in apparently disjunct populations at elevations ranging between 2400-4300 m. It also occurs in Ec, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Arriero de Cola Blanca.

Sub-species: White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant (Agriornis albicauda albicauda), (R. A. Phillipi and Landbeck), 1863.

Meaning of Name: Agriornis: Gr. agrios= fierce and ornis,ornithos= bird. albicauda: L. albus= white and cauda= tail.

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Distribution Map

Recent Records:
Carampoma, Bosque Japani   
– Upper Sta Eulalia Valley  


    • 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.