Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Black-tailed Flycatcher (Myiobius atricaudus)


French: Barbichon à queue noire German: Schwarzschwanzbekarde Spanish: Moscareta colinegra

Myiobius atricaudus


, 1863,

Isthmus of Panama


Race ridgwayi distinctive, has been considered perhaps a separate species; however, race snethlagei also fairly distinctive, and further work needed on entire species. Race portovelae sometimes lumped with nominate because of plumage similarities and poorly defined geographical boundaries between the two. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. a. atricaudus Lawrence, 1863 – Black-tailed Flycatcher – SW Costa Rica S to W Colombia.
  • M. a. modestus Todd, 1912 – locally in C & E Venezuela (along R Orinoco in N Bolívar).
  • M. a. portovelae Chapman, 1924 – W Ecuador and NW Peru (Tumbes).
  • M. a. adjacens J. T. Zimmer, 1939 – S Colombia (Putumayo), E Ecuador, E Peru, and W Brazil (S of Amazon, E to R Madeira).
  • M. a. connectens J. T. Zimmer, 1939 – NC & NE Brazil (S of Amazon, E from R Tapajós).
  • M. a. snethlagei Hellmayr, 1927 – coastal NE Brazil (Maranhão to Ceará and Pernambuco S to E Goiás and W Bahia).
  • M. a. ridgwayi Berlepsch, 1888 – Buff-rumped Flycatcher – SE Brazil (Espírito Santo and E Minas Gerais S to São Paulo and NE Paraná).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–12·7 cm; 10 g. Large eyes, prominent long rictal bristles. Nominate race has crown, nape and back dark olive-green, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, paler loral... read more


    Generally quiet; call a soft wiry “tsit” or “wit”, weaker than that of M. sulphureipygius... read more


    Lower growth of dry to humid forest, lighter woodland, shrubby second growth, and forest borders,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Singly or in pairs; regularly accompanies mixed-species flocks. Actively forages at low to middle levels; fans tail and droops... read more


    Apr in Costa Rica and Jun–Jul in Panama. Female constructs a messy bell-shaped or pyriform nest of fine brown plant fibres, suspended... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Tarcol Lodge, in Costa Rica, Tambito Nature Reserve, in Colombia, Cerro Blanco Forest Reserve,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Black-tailed Flycatcher (Myiobius atricaudus). 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).