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BRAZIL November 2008

Along the entrance road at Pousada Rio Azul we found a pair of presumed Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatchers Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum - but these birds did not have yellow brows; instead they had a yellow intrusion into the rear of the auriculars, and also the white under the chin "bled" out into the base of the malar area... There are multiple subspecies of this taxon described in SoSA by Ridgely and Tudo, but the variation only includes the presence/absence of white above the lores and/or the extent of black streaking in the malar area and throat-sides - no forms are described as having white in the base of the malar and yellow in the auricular instead of over the eye...?: