Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes orbitalis

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The Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant is a locally distributed bird of the east Andean slope, where it occurs, apparently somewhat discontinuously, from southernmost Colombia to northern Bolivia. This tyrant-flycatcher prefers humid montane forest, especially in ravines and on ridges, and is found from around 500 to 1400 m. In external morphology, the species is broadly similar in appearance to other ‘Pogonotriccus’ bristle-tyrants, having two pale wingbars and a reasonably obvious ear-coverts crescent. The Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant principally feeds on insects, like others of the genus, but seems to be less fond of joining mixed-species foraging flocks than other related species. Its breeding behavior remains more or less unknown, despite the species being relatively common over much of its range.

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

Recommended Citation

Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes orbitalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/spbtyr1