Masked tityra

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Masked Tityra
Tityra semifasciata -Brazil-8.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tityridae
Genus: Tityra
Species: T. semifasciata
Binomial name
Tityra semifasciata
(Spix, 1825)

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,[2] where now placed by SACC. It is found in forest and woodland from Mexico, through Central America, to northwestern and central South America (as far south as Paraguay). It has a black-and-whitish plumage, and a distinct red eye-ring and base of the bill. The head is black in the male, while it is brownish or greyish in the female. The male resembles the Black-tailed Tityra, but can be separated by its smaller black face mask (does not include the nape) and white tail-tip.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tityra semifasciata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Adopt the Family Tityridae - South American Classification Committee (2007)

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