Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe

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Distributed from the southernmost USA, in southern Arizona and southern Texas, south through Middle America as far as northwest Costa Rica, the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet is a drab, unassuming tyrant-flycatcher with a slight, erectile crest and two broad white wingbars, but few other distinguishing features. Despite the species’ relatively broad range, no geographical variation is currently considered to warrant naming. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet is somewhat catholic in its habitat requirements, inhabiting a wide variety of semi-open habitats, including plantations and parks in cities; it is recorded from sea level to at least 2100 m. The species is generally common and widespread, albeit somewhat less numerous in the north of its range, and the Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet’s breeding biology is relatively well known; it builds a bulky, globular nest of vegetable matter, and lays two to four eggs, which are perhaps incubated solely by the female. The species’ diet appears to consist of arthropods, berries and small fruits, all of which are usually taken while perched, but occasionally in flight.

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

Recommended Citation

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: