Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet Phylloscartes ventralis

Brazilian name:
borboletinha-do-mato
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2008

The Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet is distributed in south-east Brazil, Uruguay, north-east Argentina and eastern Paraguay with a disjunct population in the foothills of the Andes from northern Peru to north-west Argentina.
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image It is found in the canopy and borders of montane and humid forest and in secondary growth.

All Phylloscartes have relatively long-tails, long, slender bills and perch horizontally with their tails cocked up.
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image The Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet has a white line above the eye and a white eye-ring with a darkish line through the eye and some mottling on the cheeks though this is not as noticeable as the name suggests. Upperparts are olive with 2 prominent yellow wing-bars and yellow edging to the wing feathers. Below is pale yellow with white on the throat and a faint olive breast band.
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
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