Ashy-headed Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias cinereiceps)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Urubamba, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Aguas Calientes, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Aguas Calientes, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The Ashy-headed Tyrannulet has olive back with a gray or ash-colored crown. It has a well developed black ear patch. The bill is short and black. The wing coverts are black with creamy-yellowish wing bars. The underparts are yellow faintly streaked on the breast with olive. The loral area and around eyes are generally grizzled. It forages in the canopy and sub-canopy of humid montane forests often in the company of mixed species flocks. It is similar to a Black-capped Tyrannulet but is distinguished by having a gray cap and creamy yellowish wing bars on black wing coverts and no conspicuous pale eyebrow. Also, see Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet.

Status: The Ashy-headed Tyrannulet is rare in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1300-2400 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Moscareta de Cabeza Ceniza.

Sub-species: Ashy-headed Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias cinereiceps), (P. L. Sclater), 1860.

Meaning of Name: Phyllomyias: Gr. phullon=  leaf and myias=  flycatcher. cinereiceps: L. cinis, cineris=  ashes, cinereus=  ash-coloured and ceps= headed.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.