Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer)
Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant is found from north-east Brazil to northern Argentina, Bolivia and central Peru. There are other populations in Colombia and Venezuela.

It inhabits dry woodland and scrub such as cerrado and caatinga as well as gallery forest. It forages low down but is usually quite easy to see.

Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image It has a pale iris, whitish lores and a narrow eye-ring.Olive above, the wings have two conspicuous white to buffy wing-bars. Below it is whitish with grey streaks on throat and breast.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 35; and Hilty & Brown, Plate 36.

Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image

Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image The very different looking bird in photos 4 to 6 was seen in the "kanga" or cerrado type habitat at Serra de Carajás. While the first 3 photos are of the nominate sub-species, the next 3 are of the sub-species H. m. wuchereri. This is generally less green on the back and more streaked below. However, this individual is particularly scruffy and shows hardly any wing-bars at all. The conclusion is that it is an adult with very worn plumage or, possibly, a sub-adult.

Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image

Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image

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