Puna Ground-tyrant Muscisaxicola juninensis
Chilean name: Dormilona de la Puna
Puna Ground-tyrant, Lauca N.P., Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image Lauca National Park, Chile
February 2007

The Puna Ground-tyrant is distributed in central and southern Peru, northern Chile, south-west Bolivia and north-west Argentina. It is found between 4,000 and 5,000 metres on wet bogs (bofedales) which have the type of vegetation seen in photo 3.

Puna Ground-tyrant, Lauca N.P., Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image It has a diffuse rufous crown which can be difficult to see and is much less well-marked than on Rufous-naped Ground-tyrant M. rufivertex. It also has a brownish hue to the back with less contrast between back and wings than is found on Rufous-naped. The other possible confusion species in this area and habitat is White-fronted Ground-tyrant M. albifrons which is much larger and has much longer wings reaching the tip of the tail when at rest.
Puna Ground-tyrant, Lauca N.P., Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image
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