Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Apical Flycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis)


French: Tyran à queue givrée German: Kolumbienschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón apical

Myiarchus apicalis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1881,

“Bogotá” = Honda, Tolima, Colombia


Affinities uncertain, as species not included in recent phylogenetic analyses. Monotypic.


Upper parts of four river systems in WC Colombia: Cauca Valley (Valle and Cauca; recorded also in Antioquia), Pacific slope in arid valleys of upper R Dagua (Valle), upper R Patía (Nariño and valley of R Calima), and Magdalena Valley (Santander and Boyacá S to Huila).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 26–33·5 g. The only Myiarchus with conspicuous pale whitish tail tips; crest more bushy than on most congeners. Crown is brownish-olive, darker feather... read more


Repeated rolls, hiccups and whistles in response to intruding conspecifics; typically, gives long... read more


Most numerous in scrubby vegetation of dry to arid valleys; also recorded in forest and lighter... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and small fruit; a beetle (Coleoptera) found in one stomach. Singly or in pairs. Forages by sallying from perch at middle and lower... read more


Laying recorded in Jul, Sept and Nov–Feb; males with enlarged testes late Jan to mid-Apr. Nests found in tree cavity 5 m up and in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Valleys EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Common in upper Dagua Valley W of Cali (... read more

Recommended citation

Joseph, L. (2019). Apical Flycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2019).