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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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Blue-billed Black Tyrant

Blue-billed Black Tyrant

Knipolegus cyanirostris

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We have this species in our woods at Reserva Don Luis.  It has been seen in at least 3 of our woods although normally in the winter.  Although not noted as a migrant, it is amongst many birds that seem to move south in the summer.  It is a member of the Tyranidae family and is found in Paraguay, Uruguay, NE Argentina and SE Brazil.

The Blue-billed Black-Tyrant resembles one of the Cowbirds from a distance, but up close one can see its remarkable red eyes and pale blue bill.

It measures about 14cm and is glossy black all over with a longish tail.

The female is completely different with pale striped underparts, a rufous head and rump and brown upperparts.  She also has a red iris but it is less brilliant than that of the male.

Female Blue-billed Black Tyrant

Knipolegus cyanirostris

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