Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Baird's Flycatcher (Myiodynastes bairdii)


French: Tyran de Baird German: Rostflügel-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo de Baird

S[aurophagus]. bairdii


, 1847,

California; error = Guayaquil, Ecuador


Findings from separate analyses of plumage/syringeal morphology and molecular data were not completely congruent, but evidence indicates that present species is basal to two main clades, one containing M. hemichrysus and M. chrysocephalus and the other M. luteiventris and M. maculatus (presumably with solitarius). Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (C Manabí, from N side of Bahía de Caráquez, S to El Oro and W Loja) and NW Peru (S on Pacific slope to Ancash and to N Lima).

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Has crown and nape sandy brown, crown lightly streaked grey, yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed); conspicuous broad black mask from forehead and through eye to ear-... read more


Not particularly vocal. Usual call, primarily at dawn (less often at dusk) from partially concealed... read more


Arid lowlands, foothills and littoral areas with deciduous woodland or more arid scrub with some... read more

Food and feeding

Larger insects; considerable quantities of fruit also consumed. Most often observed in pairs, perched conspicuously in the open at various... read more


Eggs in Feb. Nest is a large, well-built cup of twigs with a neat lining of fine plant stems and roots, placed 10 m above ground in natural... read more


Not well known, but likely resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. Especially numerous around Zapotillo (Loja), in Ecuador. Occurs... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2020). Baird's Flycatcher (Myiodynastes bairdii). 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 26 January 2020).