Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri)


French: Doradite de Sclater German: Schopfsumpftyrann Spanish: Doradito copetón

Anæretes [sic] Sclateri


, 1892,

Chile; error = Buenos Aires, Argentina


Isolated N populations described as race striaticeps on basis of pale lower mandible, but this is apparently a trait of immature. Monotypic.


Isolated populations in Venezuela, Trinidad and Guyana; also N Bolivia, S & SE Brazil, Paraguay and E Argentina.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 6–9·9 g. Pronounced shaggy crest unique within genus. Male has entire upperparts, including crown, pale olive, elongated crown feathers blackish with... read more


Song of S populations composed of sharp introductory bill-snaps (“tsik”) followed by 3 gentle, high... read more


Reeds, marshes, and tall thin grass near water; to c. 500 m.

Food and feeding

Insects and spiders. Often seen in pairs or in small family groups of up to four individuals. Moves among vegetation by clinging to sides... read more


Sept–Jan in S; adults with begging juveniles in Jun in N. Nest in S a deep cup made of grass, little lining but profusely filled with... read more


Resident. In past, was thought to be an austral migrant.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; apparently very local, but sometimes quite common. Found to be fairly common in Aug at PVR estancia near Beni Biosphere Reserve, in... read more

Recommended citation

Bostwick, K. (2020). Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri). 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 23 January 2020).