Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant (Pseudotriccus pelzelni)


French: Tyranneau bronzé German: Bronzeolivtyrann Spanish: Tiranuelo bronceado

Pseudotriccus pelzelni

Taczanowski and Berlepsch

, 1885,

Machay and Hacienda Mapoto, Tungurahua, Ecuador


May be conspecific with P. simplex. Races berlepschi and annectens intergrade on CW Colombian slopes. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. berlepschi Nelson, 1913 – E Panama (Cerro Pirre, Cerro Tacarcuna) and NW Colombia (W Andes S to Valle and N part of C Andes).
  • P. p. annectens (Salvadori & Festa, 1899) – SW Colombia (S from Cauca) and NW Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • P. p. pelzelni Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885 – E Andes of Colombia and E Ecuador.
  • P. p. peruvianus J. Bond, 1947 – locally in E Andes of Peru (Amazonas S to Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm; 9–11 g. Tiny, dark pygmy-tyrant of subtropical forest undergrowth. Nominate race is entirely dark brownish-olive above, crown slightly darker than... read more


    Not very vocal; makes 4–6 short, wheezy “piff” notes c. 1 second apart, song a thin high-... read more


    Humid montane forest, cloudforest; 300–2500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages alone or in pairs, just above ground in dense forest undergrowth, perching on both vertical and horizontal twigs; flies... read more


    Birds with enlarged gonads in May in Colombia. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; often overlooked unless mist-netted. Fairly common on Cerro Pirre and Cerro Tacarcuna (both in Darién), in Panama; occurs... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Bronze-olive Pygmy-tyrant (Pseudotriccus pelzelni). 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 7 December 2019).