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Austral Negrito (female)

Lessonia rufa


Spotted this female Austral Negrito feeding on a moth in Laguna Nimez Reserve, El Calafate, Argentina. The Reserve is an IBA Important Bird Area with over 80 species of birds, both Patagonian residents and migrants.


Laguna Nimez Reserve, El Calafate, Argentina.


The Austral Negrito is a small tyrant flycatcher that is a common breeder in southern Chile and Argentina, wintering further north. The species is strongly terrestrial and is easily observed in open areas such as farm fields and beaches. Identification is straightforward in the south of the range, as it is a rather distinctive small, short-tailed passerine with a rufous back; females are dull grayish brown on the head and body, while males are black. However in the north, difficulty in separation from the very similar Andean Negrito (Lessonia oreas) demands attention in order to further refine the known distributions of these species. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds

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1 Comment

misako 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the ID JoshuaGSmith!

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El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina

Spotted on Jan 14, 2015
Submitted on Feb 7, 2015

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