Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Black-billed Flycatcher (Aphanotriccus audax)


French: Moucherolle à bec noir German: Schwarzschnabel-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero piquinegro

Prædo audax


, 1912,

Cana, 2000 feet [c. 600 m], east Panama




E Panama (Panamá Province and Darién) S locally to NW & N Colombia (N Chocó and middle Magdalena Valley N to S slopes of Santa Marta Mts).

Descriptive notes

13·2 cm. Rather slender tyrannid; resembles Empidonax but bill and supraloral coloration distinctive and posture different. Male has crown olive-grey, shading to... read more


Song, given infrequently, a loud, sharply enunciated but wheezy or burry “bee béé, be-be-be-bez”, “... read more


Low and dense vegetation near streams and swamps within humid and mature secondary forest; sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually in pairs, often inconspicuous, and does not usually join mixed-species flocks. Perches 1–4 m up, searching for prey... read more


Male in breeding condition in Mar–Apr; juvenile observed late Jun. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Lowlands EBA and Nechí Lowlands EBA. Uncommon to locally common,... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Black-billed Flycatcher (Aphanotriccus audax). 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).