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Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant Lophotriccus galeatus


Broadly distributed across the Guiana Shield and eastern Amazonia, the Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant inhabits both lowland terra firme and seasonally flooded forests below 1100 m, and is easily identified (for a small tyrant-flycatcher) by the strange head shape afforded it by the long, black crown feathers, and, for the more experienced, by its staccato, trilled song consisting of a series of pik notes. This usually fairly common flycatcher can sing throughout the day, even the hottest part, and also joins mixed-species foraging flocks, at least occasionally. The crown feathers form a short crest, but this is capable of being erected and fanned, although such behavior appears to be rarely observed. The outermost three primaries are modified, being unusually narrow, and this has led to a separate genus, Colopteryx, being erected for the Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant, although it is rarely employed.

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Recommended Citation

Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant (Lophotriccus galeatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: