Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-backed Tachuri (Polystictus superciliaris)


French: Tyranneau bridé German: Graunacken-Grastyrann Spanish: Tachurí gris

E[uscarthmus]. superciliaris


, 1831,

Vale Fundo, southern Bahia, Brazil


Affinities uncertain; relationship with P. pectoralis requires confirmation. Monotypic.


Mountain ridges of interior SE Brazil from C Bahia S to N São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm; 6 g. Has short white supercilium, white eyering; crown grey, feathers elongated and partially concealing white coronal patch; upperparts brownish-grey; wings... read more


Rapid and repeated “pilrup-pilrup-pilrup” and “fruirilril­rilrilril”;... read more


Rocky grassland with scattered shrubs (campo rupestre), abandoned brushy pastures, high-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages mainly alone, also in pairs or trios. Clings to vertical stems, or perches on low shrubs, rarely dropping to ground;... read more


Jul–Sept. Nest a small cup of rootlets and moss, placed in fork of small shrub. Clutch 1–2 eggs; no information on incubation... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Brazilian Hills and Tablelands EBA and Atlantic Forest Mountain... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Grey-backed Tachuri (Polystictus superciliaris). 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 18 January 2020).