Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-fronted Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes nigrifrons)


Taxonomy

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

Leptopogon nigrifrons

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

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

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

No data.

Movements

Resident.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57219 on 13 December 2019).