Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-crested Spadebill (Platyrinchus saturatus)


French: Platyrhynque à cimier orange German: Zimtkopf-Spatelschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano cresticanela

Platyrhynchus saturatus

Salvin and Godman

, 1882,

Merume Mountains, Guyana


Taxonomic limits of races uncertain; vocal differences reported between populations N of and S of Amazon probably relatively minor, with song lower-paced in race pallidiventris, but available samples small. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. saturatus Salvin & Godman, 1882 – S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, E Colombia (Guainía, Guaviare, Vaupés), N Brazil (upper R Negro, and from N Pará E to Amapá), and very locally NE Ecuador (N Sucumbíos) and NE Peru (Loreto).
  • P. s. pallidiventris Novaes, 1968 – Brazil S of Amazon, from lower R Tapajós E to N Maranhão, also locally in N Mato Grosso (Alta Floresta) and E Rondônia.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·1–9·5 cm; 8·8–15 g, mean 10·6 g. Small, dull brownish spadebill with buffish-white supraloral spot and inconspicuous eyering. Nominate race has dark rufous-... read more


    Song (S of Amazon) a series of 3–6 notes, “ka-knee-knee-knee-knee”, given in slow rattling or... read more


    Undergrowth of terra firme forest, where it prefers areas of brushy undergrowth or dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats small arthropods. Reported as sometimes attending mixed-species understorey flocks, including those following swarms of army ants;... read more


    No information available.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to rare; perhaps often overlooked, as difficult to locate. Further fieldwork required in order to confirm true status; for example... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tello, J. (2019). Cinnamon-crested Spadebill (Platyrinchus saturatus). 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).