Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-backed Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus pulchellus)


French: Todirostre à dos noir German: Weißzügel-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí dorsinegro

Todirostrum pulchellum

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Peruvia alta, Cosñipata, Cuzco, Peru


Often considered conspecific with P. calopterus, but differs in its black malar line enclosing short white submoustachial area (3); short white postocular superciliary line (2); black (in male) or olive-tinged black (in female) vs olive-green mantle to rump (3). Monotypic.


SE Peru (N Cuzco, N Puno).

Descriptive notes

9–9·5 cm; 7·2–8·7 g. Male has black head and upperparts, with very small white spot or spots behind eye, and short white submoustachial stripe; black wings,with... read more


Rapid mechanical notes, similar to those of P. calopterus.


Inhabits dense low shrubby areas along edges of humid lowland and foothill forest, at elevations of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects recorded. Usually forages in pairs, not joining mixed flocks; uses short forward and upward sallies to catch prey in dense... read more


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Rare to uncommon. Uncommon along lower Manu road, lower Shintuya-Paucartambo... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Black-backed Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus pulchellus). 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 14 December 2019).