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Andean Negrito Lessonia oreas


There are two very similar species in this genus, Lessonia, and until recently the two were considered subspecies of a single species. The Andean Negrito is a resident in highland wetlands (bofedales) from central Peru south through Bolivia to NW Argentina and N Chile. The male is all black with a pale chestnut back, and in flight it shows whitish inner webs to the primaries, giving a noticeably pale winged look. Its alternate English name is White-winged Negrito. The female is blackish grey with a dull brownish-chestnut patch on the back, and its pale wings are present but not as obvious as on the male. This negrito is resident, unlike its more southern and highly migratory relative the Austral Negrito (Lessonia rufa). The Andean Negrito is also quite a bit larger than the Austral, although the two are seldom if ever observed together for comparison. This species of flycatcher is very quiet, and seldom emits more than single noted “chip”.

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Recommended Citation

Andean Negrito (Lessonia oreas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: