Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Fork-tailed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus furcatus)


French: Todirostre à queue fourchue German: Gabelschwanz-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí tijereta
Other common names: Fork-tailed Pygmy-tyrant

T[odirostrum]. furcatum


, 1846,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Formerly separated in monotypic Ceratotriccus, on basis of distinctive elongated and forked tail. Monotypic.


CE & SE Brazil in Bahia, extreme S Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and E São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Has bright cinnamon-brown on forehead, becoming brownish-olive on nape and crown, face cocoa-brown to cinnamon, loral spot and eyering pale cinnamon-buff; upperparts... read more


High-pitched, fast, staccato “chídididik” or “kikky-tutu”, in a series usually at intervals of 3... read more


Humid forest and second growth along borders, especially in large-leaved bamboo thickets and viny... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually solitary, only rarely joining mixed-species flocks. Makes short upward sally-strikes to glean insect prey, often from... read more


Recently fledged juveniles in Nov in Bahia. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Formerly listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Generally judged to be rare to locally uncommon, though perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2020). Fork-tailed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus furcatus). 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 23 January 2020).