Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Buff-throated Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus rufigularis)


French: Todirostre à gorge fauve German: Graukappen-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí gorjirrufo

Euscarthmus rufigularis


, 1873,

Monterico, Peru


See H. zosterops. Monotypic.


Disjunctly along foothill ridges of E Andes in Ecuador (Napo, Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe), Peru (Loreto, San Martín and Huánuco S to N Puno) and N Bolivia (La Paz, extreme SW Beni, W Santa Cruz); recently recorded in S Colombia (Putumayo)#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 7·8–9·5 g. Largest member of genus. Plumage is rather light olive above, crown greyer, supraloral spot, ocular area and cheek pale dull buff; wings and tail... read more


Vocalizes persistently throughout day, a nagging nasal “kik-keek-keek keek-kéék” or “kw-díp, kw-díp... read more


Humid foothill forest on isolated low massifs; 800–1500 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages singly or in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-species flocks. Perches 2–8 m above ground, well below canopy, in... read more


Oct–Dec in SE Peru. Nest an elongated structure woven from grass blades and weak twigs; rounded side entrance covered by short,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare to uncommon and very local. Recorded at only four sites in Ecuador, on S slope of Volcán Sumaco and along... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2019). Buff-throated Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus rufigularis). 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).