Sibilant Sirystes Sirystes sibilator
(aka Sirystes)
Sirystes, Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil
April 2001

The Sibilant Sirystes is a flycatcher which is closely related to the Myiarchus genus and follows that genus in using holes in trees for nesting.

It is found in forest and secondary woodlands in much of Brazil and adjacent areas of Paraguay and Argentina. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Several species were lumped under the name Sirystes but there were some differences in plumage between the subspecies although all have a black crown with a generally raised crest and grey to white underparts. Most authorities including the HBW and Birdlife International checklist now split this into four species. This particular bird shows some buff on the wingbars.

The Sirystes is a loud and vocal bird. The name is derived from the Greek "suristes" which refers to a piper or pipe-player.

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