Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus phoenicurus)


French: Moucherolle à queue rousse German: Rotschwanz-Schmucktyrann Spanish: Mosquiterito adornado oriental

Tyrannula phœnicura

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Quijos, Napo, Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. ornatus, but differs in its larger size with notably longer tail (effect size 2.64, score 2); all-chestnut vs mostly dark brown tail with chestnut base (3); broader, pale chestnut vs narrower, greyish-buff edges of secondaries and tertials (1); greyer, less whitish throat (1); white loral spots typically linked by white frons vs separated by black frons (ns[1]); song like that of M. ornatus, a single emphatic note followed by a fast series of 3–8 similar stuttered notes, but stuttered notes faster (2)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. p. phoenicurus (P. L. Sclater, 1855) – E Andes of SW Colombia (S from W Caquetá), E Ecuador and Peru (N of R Marañón).
  • M. p. aureiventris (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – E slope of Andes in C & SE Peru (Huánuco S to Puno).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 10–14·5 g. A striking tyrant-flycatcher that is fundamentally very similar to formerly conspecific M. ornatus, with which there is no geographical overlap;... read more


    Differences from M. ornatus, if any, poorly known. Dawn song a sharp note followed by a... read more


    Humid montane forest and woodland in foothills and subtropics, especially around openings,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stomach contents in SE Peru contained 193 prey items, of which beetles (Coleoptera) 47%, Hymenoptera 34% (ants 26%, bees and wasps 8%),... read more


    Season: in breeding condition in mid Aug–Dec in SE Peru (race aureoventris). A nest under construction found in E Ecuador (race... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Known from many conservation units including Inti Llacta Reserve and Sangay National Park, in E Ecuador, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eastern Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus phoenicurus). 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 25 January 2020).