Little Thornbird Phacellodomus sibilatrix

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Well named, this is the smallest member of the thornbird group. In size it appears like a large and bulky canastero, although with a distinctive thick based, sturdy and blue-grey based bill. As is typical with thornbirds, this species builds a covered, spherical nest of sticks. As this species is smaller, it often makes the nest hang from near the tip of a thinner lower branch. The nest is often triangular in shape, one apex where it hangs from the branch, the entrance forming another apex of the triangle; often a false entrance is made towards the top of the nest. The Little Thornbird is a small brownish bird, more arboreal than a canastero and showing distinct rufous sides to the tail. It is found in open espinal forests, chaco, and other dry forests.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Little Thornbird (Phacellodomus sibilatrix), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: