Masked Tityra

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The Masked Tityra is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata) is a medium-sized passerine bird. It has traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher family, but evidence strongly suggest it is better placed in Tityridae, where now placed by SACC. It is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, and has occurred as a vagrant in the United States. More

Aspects of the topic masked tityra are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * range and description (in tityra (bird)) (genus Tityra), any of three species of tropical American birds of the cotinga family (Cotingidae, order Passeriformes). The masked tityra (Tityra semifasciata) is common in woods and open country from Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil, the black-tailed tityra (T.... More

The Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata) occurs in Mexico within 250 miles of Brownsville, Texas. The bird in the top 4 shots at left was found by birders on 17 February 1990 in Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, Hidalgo Co., Texas. It was the 1st, and remains the only time the species has been recorded north of the Mexican border. These shots were taken on 20 February 1990 with a Canon T-90 & FD 400 mm F4.5 lens with a 1. More

masked titryaThe masked tityra is about 8 inches in length. It has a thick hooked red bill with a black tip, a black face mask with red around its eyes, a black band on its tail feathers, black flight feathers, and gray legs and feet.The male has a grayish-white body and the female has a brownish-gray body. More

The Masked Tityra is pure white with black flight feathers, black mask, black band in tail, and black tip on bill. Female is washed with sooty brown. Juvenile like female. Characteristic bare red skin around eye and base of bill. ● Song: "reek reek" ● Foraging & Feeding: Masked Tityra: Moves through canopy in pairs or small loose flocks searching for fruit, insects, and small vertebrates. May become a regular visitor to a fruiting tree. More

Friday morning: A Masked Tityra and a Social Flycatcher on the ground together. A watering hose had sprung a leak and the birds were enjoying a shower, though the tityra didn't seem too pleased to share his space with the flycatcher, as seen above. By the way, there's nothing wrong with the tityra's face. The bare, pinkish eyering and pinkish beak base remind us of how mange looks a dog, but this is the tityra's natural appearance, and important fieldmark. More

These Masked Tityras were feeding young in a woodpecker hole just above the road from Gomez Farias to Alta Cima in the El Cielo Biosphere of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The male with the black eye ring would stand guard while the female dropped off the small insects she picked up foraging during April 2007. The Masked Tityra behaves much like a woodpecker mimicking it’s flight and using the woodpecker’s tree cavity for raising young. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cotingidae
Genus : Tityra
Species : semifasciata
Authority : (Spix, 1825)