Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grenada Flycatcher (Myiarchus nugator)


French: Tyran bavard German: Grenadaschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón de Granada

Myiarchus oberi nugator


, 1904,

Grenada, Lesser Antilles


Phylogenetic analysis of mtDNA nests this species within M. tyrannulus (which see), as currently constituted. Previously treated as a race of M. tyrannulus; differs in bright orange inside of mouth, but little else, including genetics#R; playback experiments, however, suggest voice sufficiently distinct to warrant species status#R; hence provisionally retained here pending further study. Monotypic.


St Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada, in S Lesser Antilles.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 37 g. Large Myiarchus with large bill. Plumage is brownish-grey above, with no marked olive or olive-green suffusion; outer webs of primaries edged cinnamon,... read more


Vocalizations lack prolonged plaintive whistles of Lesser Antillean congeners; also described as a... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest, secondary forest; open areas around settlements, especially near... read more

Food and feeding

Sallies into open to catch insects, often returning to same perch.


Breeds Mar–Oct; gonads enlarged in late Mar, regressed in Jul. Nest in tree cavity, sometimes in open pipe. Clutch size 2–4. No... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Common. Islands of Lesser Antilles have suffered large-scale destruction of forests as a... read more

Recommended citation

Joseph, L. (2019). Grenada Flycatcher (Myiarchus nugator). 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 6 December 2019).