Black-tailed Tityra Tityra cayana

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The Black-tailed Tityra is a distinctive resident of open forest near rivers as well as gallery forest and plantations from Venezuela south through the Amazon to Northern Argentina.  Male Black-tailed Tityra have black on the crown that descends below the eye, a bare rosy-red facial skin patch, pale silver upperparts, white underparts, and black on the tail and wings.  Females have a dusky brownish crown, brownish-grey upperparts complete with coarse dark streaks and dusky streaking on a whitish breast.  Black-tailed Tityra are usually found in pairs or in loosely connected groups.  When foraging, individuals perch high on a bare limb and take fruit and insects by perch-gleaning or hover-gleaning.

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

Recommended Citation

Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra cayana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: