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
We first saw this beautiful woodpecker in the woods called Monte Grande in Sept 2014. It stayed around for about a week and then we did not see it again until about the same time this year.
The male has a predominantly dark brown back with pale flecks. The rump is pale yellow and the tail feathers are black with chestnut coverts. Underparts are dark brown. The face is black with a large red malar and brown lores, and the majority of its head is covered in a straw coloured crest with a peak. It is medium sized at about 23cm.
Eyes are a chestnut brown surrounded by a bluish eye-ring.
The female is similar but lacks the large red malar and instead has brownish cheeks.