Strange Tailed Tyrant horizontal line

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

Read More

Help Wanted

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!

Make a donation


Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana

View in taxonomic table

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.

<<Black & White Monjita  
Back to Gallery
Marsh Seedeater>>
Privacy Policy | Site Ownership | Conditions of Use | All content copyright ©2012, Collett Trust, all rights reserved | Web Design by Jem Shaw