Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Golden-crowned Flycatcher (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus)


French: Tyran à casque d’or German: Andenmaskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo coronidorado

Sc[aphorhynchus]. chrysocephalus


, 1844,

Chanchamayo, Junín, Peru


See M. hemichrysus. Monotypic.


Peru (C & E Andes S of R Marañón from Amazonas S to N Puno), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Chuquisaca and Tarija) and extreme NW Argentina (N Salta).

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 37 g. Nominate race has brownish-grey or dusky crown, golden-yellow crown patch (semi-concealed), long and broad white supercilium; side of head greyish dusky... read more


Typical song is short “tuiewee”, “tuieweet” or “pieuee” repeated every 1–3 seconds. Common... read more


Humid or wet foothill and montane woodland or forest borders, moderately sized openings created by... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruits. Analysis of 25 prey items (mean length 10 mm) taken from stomachs in SE Peru gave: Coleoptera (68%); Homoptera (... read more


May in Peru. Nest not very well known, described as cup-shaped and usually composed primarily of moss; placed in variety of situations,... read more


Not well known, but some seasonal movement likely.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common. Range apparently expanding, and abundance probably increasing, as a consequence of road construction. Occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2019). Golden-crowned Flycatcher (Myiodynastes chrysocephalus). 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 14 December 2019).