Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-and-white Tyrannulet (Pseudelaenia leucospodia)


French: Tyranneau gris et blanc German: Weißkronentyrann Spanish: Mosquerito blanquigrís

Elainea [sic] leucospodia


, 1877,

Tumbes, Peru


Previously placed variously in Elaenia, Myiopagis or Phaeomyias. Birds of SW Ecuador sometimes separated as race cinereifrons, but probably indistinguishable. Monotypic.


Arid Pacific slope and coast of W Ecuador (I de la Plata, off Manabí, also Puna I and W Guayas, S Loja; one recent sighting in mainland Manabí#R) and NW Peru (S to Ancash).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 10–11 g. Has white supraloral line; uniform pale greyish-brown above, large white coronal patch (semi-concealed), surrounding crown feathers slightly elongated... read more


Simple, short “chevit” or “chevit-chit”.


Arid scrub, brushy riparian thickets, dry arroyos and streambeds; sea-level to 800 m, mostly below... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages singly or in pairs, near tops of shrubs. Actively moves about with horizontal posture, tail often cocked above horizontal... read more


Feb–Apr, after rainy season; often two broods. Nest a beautifully neat, deep, barrel-shaped cup felted all over with soft plant down... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common or common. In Ecuador, abundant on I de la Plata (off... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Grey-and-white Tyrannulet (Pseudelaenia leucospodia). 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 10 December 2019).