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Masked Tityra Tityra semifasciata


The Masked Tityra is the more widespread of the two species of Tityra that occur in Middle America, but in South America, where all three species of tityra co-occur, this species is actually the least wide-ranging, although this comment is relative, and the species is still found over large parts of the northern two-thirds of the continent. Like other tityras, the males are principally whitish, black, and red, while females are browner over the upperparts. Nine subspecies are generally recognized, males all of which can be distinguished from the superficially similar taxa of Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra cayana) by the much less extensive black on the crown and the white tail tip. Females are also readily separated from the same sex of Black-tailed Tityra, by the lack of streaking over the under- and upperparts, and in some subspecies by the browner upperparts and paler head.

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Recommended Citation

Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: