Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Greenish Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias virescens)


French: Tyranneau verdin German: Grünrücken-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito verdoso

Muscicapa virescens


, 1824,

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil


Formerly placed in Xanthomyias, along with P. sclateri. Long considered conspecific with P. reiseri and P. urichi, but differences in morphology (plumage pattern, wing and tail proportions), degree of sexual dimorphism, habitat and voice evident; P. sclateri has been suggested to belong in same group. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (S Mato Grosso do Sul E to S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, S to C Rio Grande do Sul), SE Paraguay, and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones, N Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 10–12 g. A bright green tyrannulet, somewhat longer-tailed than its close relatives. Is bright olive above from forehead and orbital area to rump; wings dusky,... read more


Rapid series of notes, begins with staccato “chk” notes rising rapidly in pitch, then becoming... read more


Humid tropical and upper tropical evergreen forest and edges, also secondary growth; to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Forages at all heights in interior and edges of forest, sometimes within 2 m of ground.


Oct in Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul); nest found in Nov in Argentina. Nest purse-shaped, with a side entrance 3 cm wide, made entirely of... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; usually uncommon. Numbers may have declined towards S edge of range. Occurs in several national parks and other protected areas in... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Greenish Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias virescens). 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 12 December 2019).