TITYRAS   -   TITYRIDAE


Black-tailed Tityra - Tityra cayana
Black-tailed Tityra
Tityra cayana cayana
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador
Male. Photographed from the canopy tower. It has a complete black crown compared to Masked (below). (S8)


Black-tailed Tityra - Tityra cayana
Black-tailed Tityra
Tityra cayana cayana
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador
Female. Photographed from the canopy tower. (S8)


Masked Tityra - Tityra semifasciataMasked Tityra - Tityra semifasciata
Masked Tityra
Tityra semifasciata costaricensis
Arenal Observatory Lodge, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
Male. Tityras form a distintive genus of (currently) three species found widely in Neotropical rainforests. In the past they were considered cotingas or flycatchers, before a new family was finally erected for them and some other difficult to classify species. (S8)
Masked Tityra
Tityra semifasciata costaricensis
Arenal Observatory Lodge, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
Female. (S8)


Northern Schiffornis - Schiffornis veraepacis
Northern Schiffornis
Schiffornis veraepacis rosenbergi
End of the Milpe road, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Formerly called Thrush-like Schiffornis, which has now been split into five species (SACC Prop. 505). A dull bird of uncertain affinities. For a long time it was put in with the Manakins, but more recently was included by the SACC in a new family, the Tityridae. Note the huge eyes of this bird, which lurks in the dark understory of the rainforest. (S5)


Greenish Schiffornis - Schiffornis virescens
Greenish Schiffornis
Schiffornis virescens
Ilha Comprida, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest, where it occurs at a rather wide range of elevations. (S8)


Cinereous Mourner - Laniocera hypopyrra
Cinereous Mourner
Laniocera hypopyrra
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
A poor photo under very challenging conditions, but it is a hard species to get. The photo does show the distinctive buffy tips to the wing coverts and tail. It's found throughout the Amazon and Guianan regions, and there is an isolated population in the Atlantic Rainforest of eastern Brazil. (S6)


White-browed Purpletuft - Iodopleura isabellae
White-browed Purpletuft
Iodopleura isabellae isabellae
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. The purple tufts are usually barely visible at best. This male was very aggressively responsing to playback and was not shy about displaying his tufts. The purpletufts have now been transferred to the Tityridae. (S6)


White-browed Purpletuft - Iodopleura isabellae Buff-throated Purpletuft - Iodopleura pipra
White-browed Purpletuft
Iodopleura isabellae paraensis
Serra dos Carajás, Pará state, Brazil.
Apart from the near-mythical Kinglet Calyptura, the Purpletufts are the smallest cotingas, smaller even than a House Wren. This species lives in the canopy of tall Amazonian rainforest, so they are very frequently overlooked. (D3)
Buff-throated Purpletuft
Iodopleura pipra pipra
Angelim Reserve, São Paulo state, Brazil.
This one is endemic to the lowland rainforests of Brazil, a habitat that has been reduced to a tiny fraction of it's original extent. Fortunately they are still easy to see in a few places. (D2)


Shrike-like Cotinga - Laniisoma elegans
Shrike-like Cotinga
Laniisoma elegans elegans
Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. One of the hardest cotingas to find. There are two races; the one pictured here is endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. The other one is found in Andean foothill cloudforest, and seems to exceedingly rare even in pristine habitat. I've never seen it! Laniisoma has now been transferred from Cotingidae to the Tityridae. (D2)


White-naped Xenopsaris - Xenopsaris albinucha
White-naped Xenopsaris
Xenopsaris albinucha albinucha
Pousada Piuval, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
An odd becard-like bird of dry woodland. (S5)


Green-backed Becard - Pachyramphus viridis
Green-backed Becard
Pachyramphus viridis viridis
Itajuípe, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. (D3)


Barred Becard - Pachyramphus versicolor
Barred Becard
Pachyramphus versicolor versicolor
Tandayapa, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. A beautiful little bird that is often common in montane cloudforest from Costa Rica south through Bolivia. (S7)


Barred Becard - Pachyramphus versicolor
Barred Becard
Pachyramphus versicolor versicolor
Tandayapa, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)


Cinnamon Becard - Pachyramphus cinnamomeus
Cinnamon Becard
Pachyramphus cinnamomeus fulvidior
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
This bird ranges widely in lowland rainforest in Middle America and South America west of the Andes. (S6)


Chestnut-crowned Becard - Pachyramphus castaneus
Chestnut-crowned Becard
Pachyramphus castaneus castaneus
Vale das Taquaras, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
(S7)


White-winged Becard - Pachyramphus polychopterus
White-winged Becard
Pachyramphus polychopterus similis
Panama Rainforest Discover Center, Colón province, Panama.
Male. There is a lot of racial variation in the plumage of this species, especially the males. A few other examples are shown below. (S8)


White-winged Becard - Pachyramphus polychopterus
White-winged Becard
Pachyramphus polychopterus tenebrosus
Logroño, Morona-Santiago province, Ecuador.
Male. (S6)


White-winged Becard - Pachyramphus polychopterus
White-winged Becard
Pachyramphus polychopterus dorsalis
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (S7)


Black-and-white Becard - Pachyramphus albogriseus
Black-and-white Becard
Pachyramphus albogriseus guayaquilensis
Cerro Blanco, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Gray-collared Becard - Pachyramphus major
Gray-collared Becard
Pachyramphus major major
About 3 km southwest of San Miguel Suchictepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
This scarce becard is found in highland forest from Mexico to Nicaragua. (S13)


One-colored Becard - Pachyramphus homochrous
One-colored Becard
Pachyramphus homochrous homochrous
Parque El Lago, Guayas, Ecuador.
Male. It was taking food to am active nest, 4 April 2016. (S8)


One-colored Becard - Pachyramphus homochrous
One-colored Becard
Pachyramphus homochrous homochrous
Trail between El Valle and Utría National Park, Chocó department, Colombia.
Female. (S8)


Pink-throated Becard - Pachyramphus minor
Pink-throated Becard
Pachyramphus minor
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. Found in lowland rainforest in the Amazon and Guianan regions. (S6)















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