Tyrannine Woodcreeper Dendrocincla tyrannina


The Tyrannine Woodcreeper is sometimes considered to be the sister-species of the Tawny-winged Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla anabatina) of Middle America, whereas the present species is exclusively confined to the Andes of western South America. It ranges, generally uncommonly, over both slopes of the Andes from central Colombia south to northern Bolivia, in which country the species was only recently discovered, as well as exclusively over the east slope north to western Venezuela. This woodcreeper is one of the few truly montane members of a family that achieves its highest of diversity in the Amazon Basin; the Tyrannine Woodcreeper is found in humid forests from 1300 to at least 3200 m, although it locally descends to elevations around 700 m in southwest Colombia. This species is a large, heavy-bodied example of its genus, principally olive-brown, with a slightly paler throat, and becoming distinctly more rufescent over the wings and tail.

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Recommended Citation

Tyrannine Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla tyrannina), 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/tyrwoo1