Attila (bird)

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CAPITAO-DE-SAIRA ( Attila rufus ).jpg
Grey-hooded attila
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Attila
Lesson, 1831

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Attila is a genus of tropical passerine birds, the attilas. They belong to the tyrant flycatcher family. The species in this genus have large heads and hooked bills; they are markedly predatory and aggressive for their size – hence the scientific and common names, which refer to Attila the Hun.

The genus contains seven species:[1]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Attila phoenicurus - Rufous-tailed Attila.jpg Attila phoenicurus Rufous-tailed attila southern Paraguay and Brazil; also extreme northeast Argentina, Bolivia and southern Venezuela
Cinnamon Attila.jpg Attila cinnamomeus Cinnamon attila Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana; also Amazonian Ecuador, Peru, and regions of Bolivia.
Attila torridus - Ochraceous Attila 2.jpg Attila torridus Ochraceous attila Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Attila citriniventris - Citron-bellied Attila; Careiro, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Attila citriniventris Citron-bellied attila Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Attila bolivianus - White-eyed attila, Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Attila bolivianus White-eyed attila Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and possibly Ecuador.
Attila rufus -Vale do Ribeira, Registro, Sao Paulo, Brasil-8.jpg Attila rufus Grey-hooded attila Brazil.
Attila spadiceus - Bright-rumped attila.jpg Attila spadiceus Bright-rumped attila northwestern Mexico to western Ecuador, Bolivia and southeastern Brazil, and on Trinidad

Some authorities, either presently or formerly, recognize additional species as belonging to the genus Attila including the red-tailed bristlebill (as Dasycephala syndactyla)[2]


  1. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Tyrant flycatchers". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Bleda syndactylus nandensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-05-07.

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