Gray-Backed Tachuri Gallery

When I've visited the specific habitat of the Gray-Backed Tachuri, or Polystictus superciliaris, I haven't had much trouble finding it. Social and vocal, this tiny flycatcher forages in widely dispersed pairs in sparsely vegetated patches of the rocky highlands of Eastern Brazil. In Minas Gerais, the national parks Serra do Cipó and Serra da Canastra offer good sites for finding this Brazilian endemic, and the Chapada da Diamantina region in Bahia also boasts suitable habitat, according to the species distribution map on Wiki Aves. Most flycatchers don't thrill the average birder visiting the neotropics, as the more spectacular cotingas and manakins do; however, the tachuri is rare enough to spark the interest of the hardcore birder.

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