Bird Families

Boatbeak, or tyrant-boatbeak - a bird from the Tyrannous family

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BOATBEAK (Megarynchus pitangua)

one of the largest members of the family. Its length is up to 28 cm, weight 55-65 g. The back is brown, the bottom is lemon-yellow. There is an orange longitudinal stripe on the forehead, and a white eyebrow above each eye. But the most remarkable thing about it is a wide, powerful beak, designed for seizing large insects. Due to its size, the boatbeak is able to catch small mice, lizards, frogs and, they say, even birds.

  • Boatbeak (Megarynchus pitangua)
  • Fork-tailed flycatcher (Muscivora tyrannus)
  • Todi flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)
  • Tyrant royal (Onychorhyphus coronatus)
  • Tyrannus red (Pygocephalus rubinus)


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Boatbeak

The boat-beak, or tyrant-boat-beak, is a bird from the Tyrannova family. The only species of the genus Boatbeaks is Megarynchus Thunberg, 1824.

1. Description

It is one of the largest members of the family, reaching a length of up to 28 cm and a weight of 55 - 65 grams. The color of the back is brown, the chest and belly are lemon yellow. A longitudinal orange stripe passes through the forehead. Above each eye there is a white eyebrow stripe. The beak is wide and powerful.

It feeds on insects, invertebrates, lizards, frogs, small mammals such as rodents.

2. Areal

It inhabits woodlands from southern Mexico to Bolivia and Argentina to Trinidad, including Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinamese Venezuela.

3. Reproduction

The nests built by the female look like an open saucer with sticks. Usually in a clutch there are two or three whitish eggs with a marbled brown pattern. Incubation lasts 17 - 18 days. Chicks fledge approximately 24 days after hatching.

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