Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
Camptostoma obsoletum

Brazilian name: Risadinha
Colombian name: Tiranuelo Silbador
Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image Brazil and Colombia

The Southern Beardless Tyrannulet is found throughout most of tropical and sub-tropical South America except down the west coast south of Peru.

It inhabits a wide variety of habitats and is absent only from extensive forest.

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It has a bushy crest and two well-marked wing-bars which can vary in colour from dull white to cinnamon depending on the sub-species involved. There is a narrow eye-ring and a weak whitish eyebrow above a "sleepy-looking" eye. The throat is whitish becoming grey on the chest and yellowish on the belly.

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image It is generally easy to see as it forages on foliage gleaning its prey like a warbler.

Photos 1 to 3 were taken at Tamandaré, Pernambuco, Brazil and show the rather greyer sub-species C. o. cinarescens. Photo 4 was taken at Minca in the foothills of the Santa Marta mountains and shows the sub-species C. o. pusillum.

Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Minca, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is also a page on Wikiaves.

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