Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Flammulated Flycatcher (Deltarhynchus flammulatus)


French: Tyran flammé German: Breitschnabel-Schopftyrann Spanish: Copetón abejerillo

Myiarchus flammulatus


, 1875,

Cacoprieto, Oaxaca, southern Mexico




Incompletely known. SW & S Mexico from S Sinaloa S to Chiapas; populations in CW Chiapas (between El Sumidero and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in Atlantic drainage of Cuenca Central) likely isolated from those along Pacific coast. Possibly also in Guatemala.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; 17·2–20·5 g. Diminutive Myiarchus-like flycatcher with distinctive pale supraloral stripe, broken ocular ring, and streaked throat and chest... read more


In response to intruding conspecifics, emits a variety of pulsed notes, with sustained whistles,... read more


Dry deciduous woodland. Open thorny woodland dominated by mesquite (Prosopis) and acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages by outward hover-gleaning, similar to technique of Myiarchus.


In the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, Jalisco, birds in breeding condition recorded only in Jun–Jul (the beginning of the rainy... read more


Probably sedentary. However, at the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, Jalisco, it appears to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Relatively poorly known; apparently disjunct distribution suggests that closer study of ecology and distribution is warranted.

Recommended citation

Joseph, L. & de Juana, E. (2019). Flammulated Flycatcher (Deltarhynchus flammulatus). 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 10 December 2019).