Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus)


French: Moucherolle ceinturé German: Brustband-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero fajado

Xenotriccus callizonus

Dwight and Griscom

, 1927,

Panajachel, 5500 feet [c. 1675 m], Lake Atitlán, Guatemala




Interior and adjacent Pacific slope of S Mexico (Chiapas) S locally to NW El Salvador.

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm. Distinctive, crested flycatcher. Has olive crown with usually obvious spiked erectile crest; pale lores and pale lemon, teardrop-shaped eyering; nape... read more


Call a buzzy nasal “rreah” or “choi-ih”, sharper “cheuh” and burry “pi’kweehr”; song an... read more


Understorey of dense, scrubby woodland, especially with oaks (Quercus); highlands from... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually remains well hidden, and best detected by voice. Forages by searching from low perch, and then sallying out to capture... read more


Nest a cup made of fine grass and other plant fibres, placed low in fork of shrub. Clutch 3 eggs. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Uncommon and locally distributed,... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus). 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 11 December 2019).