Tyrannulet Phyllomyias fasciatus
Brazilian name: Piolhinho
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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
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