Planalto Tyrannulet Phyllomyias fasciatus

Brazilian name:
Piolhinho
Planalto Tyrannulet, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil
March 2004

The Planalto Tyrannulet is distributed in eastern Brazil from Ceará to Rio Grande do Sul and into adjacent areas of eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina.

Planalto Tyrannulet, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It is found mainly in tropical forest but also in woodland and gallery forest where it feeds on insects and occasionally on fruits.

This is one of a large number of dull tyrant-flycatcher species. The stubby bill, short tarsus and general posture indicates that it is a Phyllomyias flycatcher.
Planalto Tyrannulet, Serra de Baturité, Ceará, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Location and the brownish cast to the plumage indicates that it is a Planalto Tyrannulet and here we have two of the three sub-species.

Photos 1 to 3 show the sub-species P. f. cearae which is the dullest race with palest yellow underparts and a darker brown crown and is found in north-east Brazil.
Planalto Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Photos 4 to 7 show the sub-species P.f. brevirostris which is larger than the nominate, a darker olive and with less white on the throat. It is found in south-east Brazil and adjacent areas of Paraguay and Argentina

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.

Planalto Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
Planalto Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
Planalto Tyrannulet, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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