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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana

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We see this bird at the reserve in early summer and in fact it breeds here.  It migrates north in the Argentine winter.

It is a stunning bird of 38cm in length which includes a very long tail.  Head and tail are black, underparts bright white, back and wings grey.  It rainy conditions one can sometimes see a yellow crown.  When hunting it uses its tail as a brake and is often seen looking like a pair of scissors.  Its name in Argenitina is Tijerita which means little scissors.

The female is similar but has a shorter tail.

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