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Masked Tityra - Tityra semifasciata


 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Cotingidae
 Genus:  Tityra
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least Concern Least Concern



masked titryaThe masked tityra is about 8 inches in length. It has a thick hooked red bill with a black tip, a black face mask with red around its eyes, a black band on its tail feathers, black flight feathers, and gray legs and feet.The male has a grayish-white body and the female has a brownish-gray body.


The masked tityra is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.


masked titryaThe masked tityra is found in a variety of forests including subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, forest edges, and clearings and cultivated areas.


The masked tityra travels in pairs or small flocks and feeds on insects, small vertebrates, and fruit.

Life Cycle

The female lays two eggs in a tree cavity or old woodpecker hole. The female incubates the eggs. The chicks fledge when they are two weeks old. The female has two broods a year.


The masked tityra has a squeaky "quet, quet, quet" call.

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