Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)
Fuscous Flycatcher, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Brazil

The Fuscous Flycatcher is fairly widespread in South America east of the Andes from Colombia to north-east Argentina. There is a possibility that more than one species is involved. They are usually inconspicuous and prefer the undergrowth of woodland and forest borders. In the Amazon Basin they frequent river islands.

Fuscous Flycatcher, rio São Francisco, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image They tend to perch upright a bit like a Peewee or an Empidonax flycatcher. Note the long, conspicuous white supercilium and the two buff wing bars. These are most marked in the subspecies C. f. bimaculatus shown in these photos but tend to be less distinct and bright in the Amazonian races. The bill is black with a pale base to the lower mandible.
Fuscous Flycatcher on nest, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image The third photo shows this flycatcher on its nest in the stump of a broken branch.

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 37 and in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 38.

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