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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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Greater Thornbird

Greater Thornbird

Phacellodomus ruber

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The Greater Thornbird is well adapted to our wetland conditions at Reserva Don Luis and we have many breeding examples.

The nest is a large tubular affair that is built at the end of a branch usually on a large tree.  It consists of a mass of twigs and usually has 2 entrances.

The Greater Thornbird is striking with dorsal side chestnut and ventral pale.  Crown, tail and primaries are rufous and it has a bright yellow iris.  The bill is long and slightly hooked.  

The call is very loud and distinctive.

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