Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Flycatcher (Empidonax atriceps)


French: Moucherolle à tête noire German: Schwarzkappen-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero cabecinegro

Empidonax atriceps


, 1870,

Volcán de Chiriquí, Panama


See E. fulvifrons. Monotypic.


Cordilleras of Costa Rica and W Panama (W Chiriquí and adjacent Bocas del Toro).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; 9 g. Has bold white eyering, broken above eye, broad at rear; short-crested black crown contrasts with brownish-olive head side, nape and upperparts; wings... read more


Call a simple whistled “tsip”, “chip” or “whit”; loud “... read more


Montane oak (Quercus) forests, forest borders and clearings, brushy second growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including dipterans, coleopterans and lepidopterans. Searches for prey from exposed perch, either high in canopy of montane forest... read more


Mar–May. Nest a cup made of fine grass and moss, lined with fine plant fibres, horsehair, small feathers and bear lichen (Usnea... read more


Presumably resident; some move downslope during height of rainy season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Fairly common to common. Highland forests in this species’ range have... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Black-capped Flycatcher (Empidonax atriceps). 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).