Bamboo Beauty: Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher

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Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, Jean Paul Perret
The diminutive Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher — about the size of a kinglet — is part of an enormous family of birds known as tyrant flycatchers. This cohort of insect-eating birds includes more than 400 species, ranging from Santa Marta Bush-Tyrantand Olive-sided Flycatcher to Ochraceous Attila. It’s one of the more endangered members of its tribe, found only in a small area of northern Peru.

However, within this limited range, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher can be easy to find. “This brightly-colored little bird is commonly seen, and its sputtering call heard, in early successional scrub near the parking area of Abra Patricia Reserve,” says Daniel Lebbin, Vice President of International Programs at ABC.

Because of its very limited range and ongoinghabitat loss, Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher is classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Found only in a small area in the highlands of northern Peru. Map: green represents year-round range.

Photo: Johnson’s Tody-Flycatcher by Jean Paul Perret; Range Map: ABC


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