Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-tailed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon fuscicauda)


French: Tyran à queue sombre German: Dunkelschwanz-Flachschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano colioscuro

Ramphotrigon fuscicauda


, 1925,

lower Río Suno, E Ecuador


Formerly placed in Rhynchocyclus. Monotypic.


S Colombia (SW Putumayo), NE Ecuador (E Napo, W Orellana), C & E Peru (Junín and Ucayali S to Madre de Dios, Cuzco and Puno), N Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz, W Beni) and W & WC Brazil (Acre, and locally in Pará, Mato Grosso and Tocantins).

Descriptive notes

15·5–16·5 cm; 16·5–21·5 g. Brown eye, flat black bill with pale base to lower mandible, grey legs. Plumage is brownish-olive above, crown darker, with narrow... read more


Call a drawn-out, descending “peeyooo-wheé” with distinct upward inflection at end; song a mellow... read more


Dense and tangled undergrowth, e.g. near ravines or forest edges, and locally where there are ... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivore. Usually alone or in pairs, rarely in mixed-species flocks. Perches quietly, and almost motionless, for long periods; uses... read more


Nest and eggs in Oct in Peru. Builds nest inside hole or cavity; e.g. cavity 0·5 m high inside broken-off, half-rotten limb of fallen tree... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very rare to locally uncommon. has fragmented distribution. Occurs in Archidona Natural Reserve, in Ecuador, Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Dusky-tailed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon fuscicauda). 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).