Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Maruncunca, Puno

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, P|E Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.2 in). The Slaty-capped Flycatcher has a gray-olive mantle and a dusky crown. The wing coverts are blackish with two yellowish (south) or brownish (north) wing bars. It has a large black ear patch and a grizzled loral area and sides of the head. The bill is black. The breast is olive grading to yellow towards the rest of the underparts. It forages in the midstory and sub-canopy of humid montane forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. It is similar to the Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant but is distinguished by larger size, thicker bill, and by having less yellow underparts. Also, see the Inca Flycatcher. The also similar Sepia-capped Flycatcher ranges at lower elevations largely in Amazonia.

Status: The Sepia-capped Flycatcher is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 600-2000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Mosquerito de Gorro Pizarroso.

Sub-species: Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris superciliaris), Tschudi, 1844.  mountains of Costa Rica and Panama, Colombia (all three cordilleras), Venezuela (Andes and coastal mountains, and Paria Peninsula), Trinidad, Ecuador (both slopes) and E Peru (S to Ayacucho).
(Leptopogon superciliaris albidiventer), Hellmayr, 1918.  E Peruvian Andes (S from Ayacucho and Cuzco) and N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Leptopogon: Gr. leptos= thin, fine, slender and pogonos= beard. superciliaris: L. supercilium= eyebrow, superciliaris= eye-browed.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.