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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Tyrannidae

Small but bold, given the name tyrant for their fearless territorial behaviour even towards much larger species.

 


Streak-necked Flycatcher

Mionectes striaticollis

Streak necked Flycatcher

Streak necked Flycatcher

Appearance:

  • Dark olive-brown above with a dark gray head marked by a white spot just behind the eye.
  • The chest is olive and the belly yellow marked with whitish streaking.
  • It is about 13cm long.

Behaviour:

  • It forages in mixed flocks with other songbirds.
  • Its nests are pendant structures, elongated, with a side entrance. The egg chamber is a tightly woven ball of moss and plant fibres, suspended in a mass of living moss attached to a pendent vine above, and usually hanging loosely.

Voice:

  • It has a simple voice box, so its songs are not well-developed and they are generally quiet.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Generally they select nest sites that offer protection from predators and the weather.
  • Not often seen, but may be spotted near oxbow lakes, and along several trails.
  • They may also be seen perching over trees and bushes.

 


Social Flycatcher

Myiozetetes similis

Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher

Appearance:

  • The head is dark grey with a strong white eyestripe.
  • A usually concealed crown stripe is orange to vermilion.
  • The upperparts are olive-brown, and the wings and tail are brown with faint rufous fringes.
  • The underparts are yellow and the throat is white.
  • It is 16 to 18cm long and weighs 24 to 27g.

Behaviour:

  • Diet is mostly insects, tadpoles, seeds, small berries, and other fruit.
  • It feeds at all levels, gathering food from a perch, or taken in flight.
  • They are almost always seen in pairs but large groups can be found at fruiting trees.
  • The groups can be very noisy.

Voice:

  • Characterised by loud screams, rapid twittering and bickering phrases.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • The nest is a large roofed structure of stems and straw, often near or over water.
  • They frequently perch in the open on tall trees, generally at mid-level.
  • See them near viewing towers, oxbow lakes and along several trails.

 


Lesser Kiskadee

Pitangus lictor

Lesser Kiskadee

Lesser Kiskadee

Appearance:

  • Its front is whitish, crown is black with yellow feathers.
  • It has white “eyebrows” and throat, and dark strips over the eyes.
  • The back is olive brown, the belly yellow.
  • Brown wings are edged with cinnamon feathers and the tail is brown.
  • It is 19cm long and weighs 25 to 27g.

Behaviour:

  • Forages near and above standing water for insects, usually in pairs.
  • Hunts with short sallies starting from a low perch, no higher than three metres.

Voice:

  • It makes a nasal, buzzy, slurred call.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Nests are shallow cups of small and dry twigs, stems and roots.
  • Built in bushes and small trees near open water, one to three metres above water level.
  • See them near viewing towers, oxbow lakes, and along several trails.

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