Crowned Slaty Flycatcher
(Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus)
Crowned Slaty Flycatcher, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil
April 2003

This is not a great photo from one point of view - the bird is facing away from the camera - but at least it just shows the yellow crown patch on the otherwise black crown. It is a slender generally grey flycatcher with a paler belly and a yellowish tinge on the crissum.

It is normally found south of the Amazon in a broad band from Pará and Maranhão to south-west Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and into central Argentina. It migrates into western Amazonia during the austral winter.

It is normally found in light woodland and scrub but, when in Amazonia, in clearings and forest edges where it perches on exposed branches and sallies into the air to capture insects returning often to the same perch.

It might have the longest scientific name amongst birds and it translates as: "Griseus" - grey; "tyrannus" - tyrant flycatcher; "aurantius" - orange-coloured; "ater" - black; and "cristatus" - crested

There is an illustration in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 44.

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