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Whiskered flycatcher (Myiobius barbatus) PNYC - El Paujil, Pasco, Peru. Aug 29, 2020 Geotagged,Myiobius barbatus,Peru,Whiskered myiobius,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Whiskered flycatcher (Myiobius barbatus)

PNYC - El Paujil, Pasco, Peru. Aug 29, 2020

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  1. A good illustration of how genetics has changed our understanding of bird classification.
    This looks like a regular flycatcher, doesn't it? Indeed, it was classed as such for a long time, and the commonly used vernacular name still reflects that.
    And yet, modern genetic studies have shown it to be in a completely different family, Tityridae, a bizarre assemblage of some 45 species whose internal anatomy share a few characteristics, but whose outer appearance varies wildly, from the tiny, cotinga-like purpletufts to the fantastic royal flycatchers!
    Posted 7 days ago
    1. Yes, it is amazing how diverse species may look so alike, I guess is another case of convergent evolution at play! Posted 7 days ago
      1. Indeed! Posted 6 days ago
    2. Very useful background info! Posted 7 days ago
  2. Also, why name it for the hard to notice whiskers, when the pale yellow rump is so distinctive! Posted 6 days ago
    1. Haha well there are four species in the genus, all of them nearly identical, and one of them is already called the sulphur-rumped flycatcher! Posted 5 days ago

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The whiskered myiobius or bearded flycatcher is a species of bird in the family Tityridae, having previously been included in Tyrannidae. The whiskered myiobius is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Sep 14, 2020. Captured Aug 29, 2020 11:47 in Palcazu, 19320, Peru.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO3200
  • 560mm