Grey-hooded Flycatcher Mionectes rufiventris

Brazilian name:
Abre-asa-de-cabe├ža-cinza
Grey-hooded  Flycatcher, Ubatuba, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

According to Sick, the Grey-hooded Flycatcher is a Brazilian endemic restricted to the forest and woodlands of south east Brazil but Ridgely & Tudor include Paraguay and north east Argentina within its range.

It is found in the lower levels of Atlantic Rain Forest and in secondary woodlands where it feeds on both insects and fruit.

Grey-hooded  Flycatcher, Ubatuba, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image

It has a grey hood, plain olive upperparts and rich ochraceous to ochraceous-yellow underparts.

It perches for long intervals bobbing its head and flicking its wings as its Brazilian name implies.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe showing that it is not a Brazilian endemic and additional information available via Avibase .

Grey-hooded  Flycatcher, REGUA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Photos 3, 4 and 5 show much yellower underparts and Rasmus Boegh's comments on this are interesting: "Perhaps slightly yellower than typically, but not much. Beware that the underparts of this - and its relatives - are shown too orange-red on the illustrations in HBW. Unfortunately, as it has tendency to stay in shadow, photos of it are commonly heavily contrast enhanced, thus giving the impression that the deep colour shown in HBW is correct.".
Grey-hooded  Flycatcher, REGUA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Please note that in my images, photos 1 and 2 were taken with flash while photos 3, 4 and 5 were back lit. I think this demonstrates one of the problems of judging colours from photographs.
Grey-hooded  Flycatcher, Teres├│polis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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