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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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We need your help to provide a safe, sustainable environment for these irreplaceable and seriously threatened animals. Your donations - however small - are very welcome indeed, and if you can volunteer useful skills then we'd love to hear from you!

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Crested Becard (female)

Crested Becard (female)

Pachyramphus validus

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The Crested Becard is a migrant that nests in Argentina and migrates north in the winter.  It is a member of the Cotingidae family.  Unusually for birds, it is the female that is the more attractive.

This bird nests at our reserve although it is not common.  It is usually seen mid to high level in the trees.

The male has a black or dark grey upperparts with a black crown which he raises at times.  The underparts are pale grey.

The female has bright rufous upperparts and a pale cinnamon breast.  She also has a dark grey cap which reaches below the eyes.

Male Crested Becard

Pachyramphus validus

Crested Becard (juv)

Pachyramphus validus






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