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Myiotheretes fuscorufus

Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson

Myiotheretes fuscorufus

Corani pipeline, Chaparé, Cochabamba, Bolivia; 21 September 2010 © Daniel Lane

Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant is a large flycatcher of montane western South America. Found in the Andes in southern Peru and western Bolivia, the species inhabits montane forest and edge habitats between 1900 and 2900 meters in elevation. This bush-tyrant is brown above with a grayish supercilium, blackish wings with two rufous wingbars and rufous edging to the inner flight feathers, white throat and rufous underparts. Unlike other species of bush-tyrants, which typically only show cinnamon or rufous in the wing in flight, this species shows a considerable amount of "color" on the folded wing at rest. Found singly or in pairs, Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant is uncommon within its limited Andean range, and its natural history is not well known.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson. 2012. Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant (Myiotheretes fuscorufus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern