Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Boat-billed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus josephinae)


French: Todirostre de Josephine German: Grauwangen-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí de Josefina

Euscarthmus josephinæ

C. Chubb

, 1914,

Supenaam, west bank of Essequibo River, Guyana


Formerly separated in monotypic Microcochlearius because of rounded tail and unusually wide bill; relationships within present genus remain unclear. Monotypic.


The Guianas and NC Brazil (S to Manaus, and E to Amapá); probably extends to S & E Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10·2–10·8 g. Has crown and upperparts uniform dull olive, lores and auriculars pale grey; wings plain olive, tail dusky brownish-olive; throat... read more


Dry, descending pic-pic-pic,. A single short pic is however the most frequently... read more


Poorly known; normally encountered in humid tropical evergreen forest, most typically in vine... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Alone or in pairs; sometimes joins mixed-species flocks. Forages in dense areas within middle storey of forest, mostly at 6–... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rare. Occurs in Raleigh Falls-Voltzberg National Park and Sipaliwini Savanna Nature Reserve, both in Surinam. Poorly known. read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2019). Boat-billed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus josephinae). 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).