Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Golden-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes hemichrysus)


French: Tyran à ventre d’or German: Braunbart-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo ventridorado

Hypermitres hemichrysus


, 1861,

Los Frailes, Costa Rica


Previously considered conspecific with M. chrysocephalus, and the two are sister-taxa, based on morphological characters and all molecular analyses. Races minor and cinerascens here transferred from M. chrysocephalus because their dawn songs (repeated “kweee!-tee-tu”) and daytime songs (strident “skeeeuw!”) are identical to those of present species and very different (scores of 3 for each) from those of chrysocephalus (respectively “kwee!-tlu-tee” and “ku-weet!.. weet!”, the “weet!” sharply rising and much higher-pitched than first note)#R; M. chrysocephalus also has a longer wing and tail (at least 1) with much buffier and more restricted rufous edges to the tail (1). Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. h. hemichrysus (Cabanis, 1861) – Costa Rica (S from Volcán Miravalles, in Cordillera de Guanacaste) and W Panama (E to Veraguas).
  • M. h. minor Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885 – E Panama (Cerro Tacarcuna and Cerro Pirre, in Darién), W & E Colombia (throughout Andes, also La Macarena Mts in S Meta), Ecuador (S on W slope to Alamor area of W Loja) and N Peru (on W slope in Piura#R, on E slope in N Cajamarca).
  • M. h. cinerascens Todd, 1912 – N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) through Sierra de Perijá to mountains of W & N Venezuela (Andes, and in Coastal Range from C Falcón E to Sucre and N Monagas).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; 41 g. Has crown and nape dusky greyish olive or dark sooty grey, finely streaked with black, paler and greyer towards forehead (sometimes mixed with dull... read more


    Most common call a harsh and wheezy, yet excited and high-pitched “syup”, “seeeik”, “skeé-eey” or... read more


    Canopy and edges of wet montane cloudforest; especially common along watercourses and edges of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and insects. Usually seen in pairs throughout year; also in small family groups, especially during period of several months after... read more


    Season Mar–May in Costa Rica; birds in breeding condition in May–Jul and eggs and fledglings in Aug in Colombia; eggs in Jan... read more


    Not well known, but some seasonal movement likely; in Venezuelan Andes said to be erratic and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. In Panama, uncommon in valley of R Chiriquí Viejo around Nueva Suiza and Bambito, in W... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). Golden-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes hemichrysus). 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).