Cock-tailed Tyrant

Canastra, Brazil

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Original source: Scott Olmstead from Quito, Ecuador
Author: Scott Olmstead from Quito, Ecuador

The Cock-tailed Tyrant is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Cock-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus tricolor) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss. Canastra, Brazil References - * BirdLife International 2004. Alectrurus tricolor. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. More

The cock-tailed tyrant is classified as Vulnerable (VU A2c +3c) on the IUCN Red List 2004 (1). Description - A displaying species, the male cock-tailed tyrant flaunts elongated tail feathers that fan out in a crescent. Males are mostly black above, with a grey rump and white between the top of the wings. There is a black patch on the sides of the breast and the tail is black. More

As a permanent occupant of grasslands, the cock-tailed tyrant is threatened by habitat loss due to agricultural development, live-stock farming, plantations and mining throughout its range. As it relies upon tall grassland, it is particularly vulnerable to the effects of intensive livestock grazing, trampling and regular burning (2). More

Cock-tailed Tyrant, Bearded Tachuri and Sharp-tailed Tyrant can be seen here, while if you are somebody who likes an identification challenge, have a crack at some of the pipits before the guide tells you the right answer. This short break is an ideal quick trip from Asunci More

Cock-tailed Tyrant, Three-toed Jacamar), and great mammal-viewing (including maned wolf, giant anteater, woolly spider monkey, and others) make this an ideal introduction to the biological riches of Brazil. Few countries can match the diversity of natural history experiences available in Brazil, South America's largest country. With more than 1,600 species of birds and a wide range of habitats spread over an area larger than the contiguous 48 United States, Brazil requires multiple visits to be fully appreciated. More

surprise was up to 13 Cock-tailed Tyrants – reports we had read prior to visiting had suggested that this species was absent at this time of year. The wacky looking Giant Anteater provided the mammal highlight here. This site is well covered in other reports, particularly van der Woude, and we don’t have a lot to add other than that the road up to and on the plateau is in a very poor state and there are bits of it that are barely passable in a 2WD. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Tyrannidae
Genus : Alectrurus
Species : tricolor
Authority : (Vieillot, 1816)