Rufous-browed Peppershrike

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cyclarhis gujanensis

Rufous-browed Peppershrike

The Rufous-browed Peppershrike is a large, chunky vireo.

Adults are approximately 5.9 inches long and weigh 28 grams.

They are bull-headed with a thick, somewhat shrike-like bill, which typically is blackish below and pinkish-gray above.

Head is gray with a strong rufous eyebrow. Crown is often tinged with brown.

Upperparts are green, and the yellow throat and breast shade into a white belly.

Song is a whistled phrase with the rhythm "Do you wash every week?", but there are extensive variations depending on both individual and range. It is often heard but hard to see.

Common in woodland, forest edge, and cultivation with some tall trees.

Mexico and Trinidad south to Argentina and Uruguay.

Nest is a flimsy cup high in a tree with a typical clutch of two or three pinkish- white eggs lightly blotched with brown.

Like most vireos, the peppershrike ejects parasitic cowbird eggs.


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