|Minas Gerais Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes roquettei)
|Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The Minas Gerais Tyrannulet is a Brazilian endemic and is classified as Endangered in "Threatened Birds of the World"
|This species was only discovered in 1926 on the banks of the rio São Francisco near Januária in Minas Gerais but, apart from a sighting in 1977, it has not been seen again at the original site. In 1993 it was found at a site near Pirapora about 200 km south but still on the rio São Francisco.
We found 3 birds that spent most of their time about 25 metres up in the canopy of a small group of trees on the banks of a stream called the Corrego dos Ovos. On one occasion a bird dropped down to within a few metres of us but unfortunately did not show well enough for a decent photo. Another pair of birds was seen a few hundred metres away but it seems to be very scarce indeed.
There is an illustration in Threatened Birds of the World, Page 394.