Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-chested Flycatcher (Myiozetetes luteiventris)


French: Tyran à gorge rayée German: Strichelbrust-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo pechioscuro

Elænia luteiventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, Ecuador


See M. granadensis. In past, has been transferred back and forth between current genus and Tyrannopsis, largely because of its smaller size and peculiar coloration compared with present congeners. Validity of race septentrionalis uncertain. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. l. septentrionalis Blake, 1961 – Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and adjacent NE Brazil (Amapá).
  • M. l. luteiventris (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – E Ecuador and SE Colombia (S from Putumayo and Vaupés) E to SE Venezuela (S Bolívar), S to Amazonian Brazil (E to E Pará and W Maranhão, S to Rondônia and N Mato Grosso), E Peru (Loreto and Madre de Dios, probably also elsewhere) and extreme NW Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 16·5 g. Plumage is dark olive-brown above, head slightly more greyish-brown and with some faint greyish streaking at side, semi-concealed yellow-orange... read more


    Most frequent call a nasal, cat-like “meeow” or softer “neea”; when excited, fast nasal “nyeeuw-... read more


    Shrubby forest borders, clearings with scattered bushes or trees, openings within forest created by... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruits. Usually in pairs or small groups, sometimes singly; mostly independent of mixed-species flocks. Perches on exposed... read more


    Poorly known. Male in breeding condition in May in Colombia (Vaupés). One nest described: large, bulky, domed structure of grasses, some... read more


    Poorly known; considered to wander rather widely and may be partially migratory.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally uncommon, but perhaps often overlooked; possibly more widespread and more numerous than previously realized. Not well known. Occurs... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). Dusky-chested Flycatcher (Myiozetetes luteiventris). 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).