Fire-eyed Diucon, Xolmis pyrope, Magallanes, Patagonia, Chile

Fire Eyed Diucon © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

Surveying from an advantage perch, a Fire-eyed Diucon Xolmis pyrope waits for any flying insects coming across its field of view, ready to take off and snatch its prey in mid-air before returning to its watching post by the edge of a Nothofagus forest patch in Magallanes, chilean Patagonia. One of the relatively common southern cone Tyrant flycatchers, it excels in sally-gleaning and can be readily identified by its general grey colours and striking bright-red eye.

Fire-eyed Diucon, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions
Fire-eyed Diucon, Photo © Rodrigo Tapia, Far South Expeditions

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