Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Greenish Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias virescens) - HBW 9, p. 259

French: Tyranneau verdin German: Grünrücken-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito Verdoso

Taxonomy: Muscicapa virescens Temminck, 1824, Curytiba, Paraná, Brazil.
Genus as presently constituted may be polyphyletic; objective phylogenetic analysis, using molecular characters as well as anatomical ones, is required in order to define generic limits. Anatomical evidence suggests that P. fasciatus, P. griseocapilla and P. griseiceps may be unrelated to others of genus, some or all of which possibly better placed in resurrected genus Tyranniscus. Present species formerly placed along with P. sclateri in a separate genus, Xanthomyias. Appears to form a superspecies with P. reiseri and P. urichi; all wer.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Muscicapa virescens Temminck, 1824, Curytiba, Paraná, Brazil.
Genus as presently constituted may be polyphyletic; objective phylogenetic analysis, using molecular characters as well as anatomical ones, is required in order to define generic limits. Anatomical evidence suggests that P. fasciatus, P. griseocapilla and P. griseiceps may be unrelated to others of genus, some or all of which possibly better placed in resurrected genus Tyranniscus. Present species formerly placed along with P. sclateri in a separate genus, Xanthomyias. Appears to form a superspecies with P. reiseri and P. urichi; all were for long considered conspecific, but differences in morphology (plumage pattern, wing and tail proportions), degree of sexual dimorphism, habitat and voice evident. Has been suggested that P. sclateri also belongs in this group. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Brazil (S Mato Grosso do Sul E to S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, S to C Rio Grande do Sul), SE Paraguay, and extreme NE Argentina.

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