Creator: McGehee, Steven M.; Rozzi, Ricardo, 1960-; Anderson, Christopher B.; Ippi, Silvina; Vásquez, Rodrigo A. & Woodland, Sue
Description: This article discusses the late-summer presence of the Patagonian tyrant, Colorhamphus parvirostris (Darwin) on Navarino Island, Cape Horn County, Chile. Abstract: The southernmost representative of the Tyrannidae, a diversified family with approximately 420 species endemic to the Americas, belongs to a monotypic genus Colorhamphus with only one species: C. parvirostris. Little is known about the Patagonian tyrant, which is considered rare throughout its breeding range and vulnerable to the forest disturbances and habitat fragmentation. Even its distribution and life history are poorly known. During the breeding season it migrates to higher latitudes (>40°S) in southern Chile and Argentina, but small numbers remain within central-southern latitudes year-round (30-40°S). In the high latitudes of Tierra del Fuego it is said to be an accidental visitor, but records of C. parvirostris are extremely rare. As part of the long-term mistnetting and bird census program at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park on Navarino Island, Cape Horn County, Chile (55°S) a total of 1,542 birds belonging to 17 species have been captured with mistnets on Navarino Island. Only 12 were C. parvirostris (<1%). Therefore, this species is indeed rare. However, from 2000 to 2003 all of the few Patagonian tyrants have been captured from late March ...
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