Grey-backed Tachuri (Polystictus superciliaris)
Grey-backed Tachuri, Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil
February 2002

The Grey-backed Tachuri is classified as Near-threatened by Birdlife International and is a Brazilian endemic.

It is found only on rocky and shrubby grasslands (campos rupestres and campos cerrados) in the interior of eastern Brazil, specifically the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. It is restricted to between 1,100 and 1,600 ms above sea level.

It has a grey crown with browny grey back while its underparts are a pinkish-buff with a white stripe down the middle of the belly. It has a short white supercilium and a white eye-ring.

There is an illustration in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 33.

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