Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ashy-headed Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias cinereiceps)


French: Tyranneau à tête cendrée German: Ohrfleck-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito cenizo

Tyrannulus cinereiceps

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador


See P. nigrocapillus. Monotypic.


Andes in extreme SW Venezuela (SW Táchira), Colombia (all three cordilleras), W & E Ecuador and E Peru (S to Puno).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; c. 10 g. Has slaty blue-grey crown sharply contrasting with bright olive back; lores and eyering white; face pattern distinctive, grizzled white and black, cheek patch... read more


Piercing and far-carrying, a high-pitched note followed by descending trill, “sweeeee, see-ee-ee-ee... read more


Humid upper montane forest, especially cloudforest, forest borders, also adjacent second growth. At... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; probably also some small fruits. Forages in middle and upper levels of trees, usually with mixed-species flocks. Sits quietly for... read more


Fledglings seen in Oct and Nov in Colombia. No other information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common; probably often overlooked. More common in upper Magdalena Valley and Cueva de los Guácharos National Park, both in... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Ashy-headed Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias cinereiceps). 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 8 December 2019).