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Thread: Another unidentified "Tyrannulet" from Aguas Calientes, Peru

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    Default Another unidentified "Tyrannulet" from Aguas Calientes, Peru

    Forktail commented in my previous thread that there were many confusing tyrannulets at Aguas Calientes. Well here's another one...
    Maybe a Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet?
    Unfortunately this is the only photo I got of this individual and it is not the most helpful of poses, but maybe someone has some ideas.

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    You're right, this is not an easy pose! Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet is a very slender-looking bird, which tends to have a more horizontal stance and often an upturned tail, so I'm wondering if this isn't something else, Sclater's Tyrannulet perhaps? I'm not sure though.

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    Sclater's Tyrannulet can be ruled out because it has an all-dark bill. The angle is not good, but I think you're right that this is a Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet.

    At first I thought you meant Aguas Calientes near Abra Patricia, where other tyrannulets can cause confusion, but there are not too many look-alikes near Machu Picchu.

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