Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Chapada Flycatcher (Suiriri affinis)


French: Tyranneau des Isler German: Chapadatyrann Spanish: Fiofío de la Chapada

Suiriri affinis


, 1856,

Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Previously known under specific name islerorum#R, but this has been shown to be a junior synonym of affinis#R (see S. suiriri). Unpublished molecular data suggest that present species may be more closely related to Sublegatus than to its current congener. Monotypic.


C & SW Brazil (Maranhão, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul) and extreme E Bolivia (E Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 21–23 g. Crown and back are medium grey, lightly washed olive; small supraloral spot and supercilium white; wings and tail darker, distinct greyish-white... read more


Paired male and female give different songs in simultaneous duets, male a loud series of paired... read more


Typical cerrado, also campo cerrado and “campo sujo”. Highest densities... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods, also fruits. Forages in middle and upper branches of trees, rarely descends to shrubs or the ground. Perch-gleans prey... read more


Vocalizing males with enlarged testes and females with well-developed brood patches in late Sept; primary hatching and fledging period... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. In Mato Grosso, fairly common in shrubby areas with much grass and scattered... read more

Recommended citation

Robbins, M. (2019). Chapada Flycatcher (Suiriri affinis). 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 8 December 2019).