Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus capitalis)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Rondonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Tingo Marian, Ucayali

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Aguas Verdes, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Putumayo, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (3.7 in). The male Black-and-White Tody-Flycatcher has solid black upperparts, head, and sides of the breast. It has yellowish markings on the middle back forming a “V”.  The throat and most of the underparts are white. The iris is dark. The bill is bicolored, black and orange. It forages in thick foliage in the under-story of the forest in Amazonia where it is associated with forest edges and treefalls. The female has yellow-green upperparts with a rufous crown and gray sides of the head and breast. The female is similar to a female White-cheeked Tody-Flycatcher but their ranges do not overlap.

Status: The Black-and-White Tody-Flycatcher is uncommon in northern Amazonia on the north side of the Amazon and the lower Marañon Rivers. An isolated population occurs in Central Peru at elevations ranging between 600-1350 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Espatulilla Negra y Blanca.

Sub-species: Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher (Poecilotriccus capitalis), (P. L. Sclater), 1857.

Meaning of Name: Poecilotriccus: Gr. poikilos= variegated and trikkos= unidentified small bird. capitalis: L. caput, capitis= head, chief, capitalis= relating to the head, capital, chief.

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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 03/01/2017.