This handsome bird is about robin-sized. It has a crisp white front, black head shading to slightly less black back; and a striking white tip to its tail. Its beak is medium sized and has a tiny hook; the eye is black.
This feisty member of the flycatcher family lives up to its Latin name. It defends its territory fiercely, taking on larger species. It will beat a large insect to death against a branch. The species is socially monogamous – meaning pairs stay bonded for more than one breeding season – but not sexually monogamous – meaning that many nestlings in the same nest have different parents. While in its breeding ground it feeds mainly on insects. It seeks open fields and is adaptable enough to sometimes choose urban locations.
What brings it to the SBG?
Food, cover, possibly nesting sites. Interestingly, non-native trees and shrubs are often used for nesting sites. Of course the SBG’s high insect populations provide abundant food.
When can I see it?
Summertime. In winter it travels around South America.