Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-bellied Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola capistratus)


French: Dormilon à ventre roux German: Zimtbauch-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona canela

Ptyonura capistrata


, 1860,

foot of Sierra de Mendoza, Argentina




Extreme S Chile (Magallanes) and S Argentina (Santa Cruz); migrates N along Andes as far as S Peru (Puno).

Descriptive notes

16·5–18 cm. Has black forehead, bright rufous-chestnut mid-crown and hindcrown (pattern usually conspicuous in field); nape and back dusky grey or brownish-grey, wings... read more


High-pitched “wee tee, wee tee tee” and “wee tee tee tee”, also longer “weetee weetee weeteewee wee... read more


Occurs in rolling hills with scattered bushes and sparse grass, often adjacent to rocky outcrops... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Mainly terrestrial, making short runs and hops after prey, stopping suddenly and standing erect; less frequently, sallies from the... read more


Little known. Sept–Mar; eggs in Nov–Dec; nests found in Oct, Nov and Jan in Tierra del Fuego. During aerial display flies up,... read more


Migratory; spends austral winter (Apr–Oct) mainly in Peru (N to Arequipa), rarely in W... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Breeds in Laguna Blanca National Park, in Argentina, and Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile. Earlier... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Cinnamon-bellied Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola capistratus). 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).