Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Eye-ringed Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus brevirostris)


French: Tyranneau à bec court German: Augenring-Breitschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano de anteojos

C[yclorhynchus]. brevirostris


, 1847,

Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico


Formerly considered conspecific with R. pacificus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. b. pallidus Binford, 1965 – Pacific slope of Oaxaca (Putla and Minitán E to Pluma Hidalgo), probably also in Guerrero, in S Mexico.
  • R. b. brevirostris (Cabanis, 1847) – S Mexico E of Isthmus of Tehuantepec (S Veracruz and N & E Oaxaca E to Yucatán Peninsula) S to W Panama (Chiriquí, Veraguas).
  • R. b. hellmayri Griscom, 1932 – mountains of E Panama (Darién) and extreme NW Colombia (Cerro Tacarcuna, in NW Chocó).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 21–23 g. Large-headed flycatcher. Male has olive-green head and upperparts, conspicuous white eyering, faint dark smudge below eye, greyish lores and... read more


    Variety of notes uttered 1–5 times, including high-pitched squeaky and rising “zweeip... read more


    Upper understorey and middle levels of humid evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, forest borders... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet largely arthropods, including beetles (Coleoptera), homopterans and caterpillars; berries and arillate seeds also eaten. Forages alone... read more


    Mar–Jun in Mexico and Costa Rica. Nest a bulky, pear-shaped structure with downward-projecting entrance spout at side of bottom, made... read more


    Largely resident; descends to lowlands during Dec–Mar non-breeding season in Mexico.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common or common throughout range. Probably locally extinct wherever deforestation has been intense, e.g. in lowlands in Panama.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Bates, J. (2020). Eye-ringed Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus brevirostris). 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 18 January 2020).