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Common Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum cinereum

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The Common Tody-Flycatcher is a common and widespread species of secondary forest and forest edge; it is distributed from southern Mexico to south to northeastern Argentina, but is absent from much of the Amazon Basin.  Male Common Tody-Flycatchers have glossy black forecrowns, slate gray hindcrowns, olive upperparts, black wings and bright yellow underparts; the iris usually is yellow.  Common Tody-Flycatchers forage in pairs or small family groups in dense vegetation close to the ground or in the open mid-level canopy of trees. They catch prey by gleaning or in short forward and upward sallies, always catching prey with an audible snap.  Like other species of tody-tyrant, the Common Tody-Flycatcher builds a hanging pouch shaped nests 1 to 5 m off the ground made out of plant material and bound with spiderweb.

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Recommended Citation

Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/cotfly1