Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-fronted Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes nigrifrons)


French: Tyranneau à front noir German: Schwarzstirn-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito frentinegro

Leptopogon nigrifrons

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Roraima, 5000 feet [c. 1525 m], “British Guiana” = Venezuela


Voice, foraging habits and some plumage features (dark lores and forehead, white nasal plumes) suggest that this species may belong with the “P. flaviventris group” (which see). Monotypic.


Tepui region of S & SE Venezuela (Amazonas, S Bolívar) and adjacent Brazil and Guyana (Mt Roraima).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 10–11 g. Has dark grey crown, black forehead and narrow loral line, white nasal plumes and narrow super­cilium; face and auriculars grizzled white and... read more


High, sharp notes; also high, thin trill with 2 introductory notes and descending near end, “tsuk-... read more


Humid montane forest and dense, taller second growth, mainly below the wettest, mossy cloudforest;... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; possibly also small fruits such as Miconia, as sometimes found in dense melastome (Melastomataceae) thickets. Almost... read more


No data.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Uncommon to fairly common; fairly common on Sierra de Lema, in E Bolívar. Occurs in Canaíma National... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Black-fronted Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes nigrifrons). 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 13 December 2019).