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Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant Atalotriccus pilaris


Sometimes also placed in the genus Lophotriccus, the Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant is usually considered to be the sole member of a separate genus, Atalotriccus. Four subspecies of the Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant are generally recognized across the species’ reasonably broad range in northern South America, extending as far north as western Panama, and south to eastern Colombia and just into northernmost Brazil, in the state of Roraima. Like all other small tyrant-flycatchers from related genera, this species is most easily located by virtue of its surprisingly loud tic notes, which are often ‘rolled’ into fast trills. It inhabits dry and moist woodland areas, including gallery forests, and appears adaptable to disturbed habitats. While the Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant is generally found below 800 m, it is exceptionally recorded as high as 2000 m in places.

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Recommended Citation

Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant (Atalotriccus pilaris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: