Southern Scrub-flycatcher (Sublegatus modestus) - HBW 9, p. 311
French: Tyranneau modeste
German: Südlicher Strauchtyrann
Spanish: Mosquero Matorralero Sureño
Taxonomy: M(uscipeta) modesta Wied, 1831, Camamú and Bahia, Brazil.
Unpublished molecular data suggest that genus is closely related to Suiriri islerorum. All members of genus formerly treated as conspecific, but vocal and plumage data support existence of three species, possibly more; additional study needed in order to resolve species limits. Birds in highlands of Bolivia, which are longer-winged but resident, may represent an unnamed cryptic species. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- modestus (Wied, 1831) - C Peru (Urubamba Valley) and N Bolivia E through S Brazil (E to Maranhão, Pernambuco and Paraná).
- brevirostris (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) - breeds S Bolivia and Paraguay S to N Argentina (S to Buenos Aires and Mendoza) and E to Uruguay; regular non-breeding visitor N to E Peru and C Amazonia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird in a tree, flycatching. Locality Petrolina, Pernambuco State, Brazil (ssp modestus)
Josep del Hoyo 6 October 2008 4 years ago 43 sec 3.3
Two birds perched close together in a tree moved by the wind. Locality Petrolina, Pernambuco State, Brazil (ssp modestus)
Josep del Hoyo 6 October 2008 4 years ago 39 sec 3