ⓘ Tityra

                                     

ⓘ Tityra

The tityras are passerine birds in the genus Tityra of the family Tityridae. They are found from southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern and central South America, including Trinidad.

These are medium-sized birds, typically around 20–25 centimetres 7.9–9.8 in long, with large bills. The adult males are greyish-white above and white below, except for the wings and tail which are at least partially black. The males of all three species also have black head markings. The females are similar, but are duller, with browner or greyer head markings. The black-tailed and the masked tityra both have a conspicuous red eye-ring and base of the bill.

                                     

1. Behavior

These species are found in forest clearings and edges, second growth and other semi-open habitats such as plantation shade trees. The eggs are laid in a bed of dry leaves in a tree hole, often an old woodpecker nest. The female incubates alone, but both parents feed the chicks. Fledging takes up to 25 days.

Tityras are seen alone or in pairs, perched conspicuously as they feed on medium-sized fruits, large insects and sometimes small lizards. They have unmusical nasal grunting or buzzing calls.

                                     

2. Taxonomy

The genus Tityra was introduced by the French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1816 with black-tailed tityra as the type species. Tityra was the name of a shepherd in Virgil’s poem Eclogues.

The tityras have traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher family, but evidence strongly suggest they are better placed in Tityridae, where now placed by South American Classification Committee. The black-crowned tityra is sometimes placed in a separate genus Erator.

The genus contains three species:

Another species, the white-tailed Tityra leucura, is generally considered a variant of the black-crowned tityra, but recent evidence suggests it may be a valid species restricted to the Brazilian Amazon near the Madeira River.

                                     
  • The masked tityra Tityra semifasciata is a medium - sized passerine bird. It has traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher family
  • The black - tailed tityra Tityra cayana is a medium - sized passerine bird of tropical South America. The tityras have been placed in the cotinga or the
  • The black - crowned tityra Tityra inquisitor is a medium - sized passerine bird. It has traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher
  • widely accepted common name exists for the family, although tityras and allies and tityras mourners and allies have been used. They are small to medium - sized
  • might also be confused with the black - crowned tityra Tityra inquisitor or the masked tityra Tityra semifasciata but those species both have more
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  • have little commercial value. Migratory birds include black - tailed tityra Tityra cayana nacunda nighthawk Chordeiles nacunda band - rumped swift Chaetura
  • species: Gill, Frank Donsker, David, eds. 2018 Cotingas, manakins, tityras becards World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists Union
  • placed with the tityras in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher families by various authors, but the evidence strongly suggest the tityras and their closest
  • species: Gill, Frank Donsker, David, eds. 2018 Cotingas, manakins, tityras becards World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists Union
  • species: Gill, Frank Donsker, David, eds. 2018 Cotingas, manakins, tityras becards World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists Union
  • old - form url Gill, Frank Donsker, David, eds. 2017 Cotingas, manakins, tityras becards World Bird List Version 7.3. International Ornithologists