Kaempfer's tody-tyrant

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Kaempfer's tody-tyrant
Hemitriccus kaempferi - Kaempfer's tody-tyrant.JPG
Kaempfer's tody-tyrant at Joinville, Santa Catarina state, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Hemitriccus
Species: H. kaempferi
Binomial name
Hemitriccus kaempferi
(Zimmer, 1953)

Kaempfer's tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi) is a rare species of bird in the family Tyrannidae. It is endemic to the Atlantic forest in southeastern Brazil. It was known only from two specimens until the 1990s, when it was finally observed in life. It is protected under Brazilian law[2] and it is on the United States' Endangered Species List.[3]

Kaempfer's tody-tyrant is 10 centimeters long and olive green in color. The eyes are encircled with pale rings.[3]

Specimens of this bird were collected in 1929 and 1950. It was not seen again until 1991.[2]

The bird lives in forested habitat, often near rivers.[3] Pairs often forage together. They build nests several meters up in trees, constructing them with mosses, grasses, and dead leaves. The call is a series of "kwit" notes.[2]

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