Restinga Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes kronei)
Restinga Tyrannulet, Reserva Volta Velha, Itapoá, Santa Catarina, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Reserva Volta Velha, Itapoá, Santa Catarina, Brazil
July 2001

The Restinga Tyrannulet was only described in 1992 (by E. O. Willis and Y. Oniki, Bull. B.O.C. 112(3): 158-165, 1992). It is endemic to south-east Brazil and considered Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

The vulnerable classification is due to its small and rapidly declining population in the fragmented and threatened restinga habitat. This is lowish and thin woodland on sandy soils behind the coast which is almost inevitably under threat from the increasing demand for holiday homes, etc..

The Restinga Tyrannulet is a small greenish flycatcher with two yellowish wing-bars, a dark bill with pinkish lower mandible, yellowish underparts with darkish streaks on the flanks and more green across the breast. It also has a faint yellowish eye-brow and a thin, dark eye-stripe.

There is an illustration in Threatened Birds of the World, Page 396.

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