Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Grey-breasted Flycatcher (Lathrotriccus griseipectus)


French: Moucherolle à poitrine grise German: Graubrust-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero pechigrís

Empidonax griseipectus


, 1869,

#R, Puná Island, south Ecuador




W slope of Andes in W Ecuador and N Peru (E slope in the Marañón and Chinchipe Valleys); formerly more widespread.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 11 g. Has grey crown, whitish broken eyering and supraloral stripe; cheek, nape, back and rump grey with slight brown or olive tinge; wings dusky, two well-marked... read more


Song a variable and fast burry “peeéur, peer-per-per-pur”, similar to that of L. euleri.


Lower levels of humid and deciduous forest; sea-level to 2200 m, mainly below 1700 m, most numerous... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Perches inconspicuously, at up to 4 m, in shady vine tangles and vegetation near sunlit forest gaps; captures prey with sallies... read more


Little known. Two nests in SW Ecuador had eggs in Feb; one was in a shallow cavity in the buttress root of a Ceiba tree, 1 m above... read more


Little information; some seasonal movement thought to occur, with some birds moving to more humid... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA and Marañón Valley EBA. Rare to locally fairly common. Range c. 13,800 km², and... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A., Lebbin, D. & de Juana, E. (2019). Grey-breasted Flycatcher (Lathrotriccus griseipectus). 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 13 December 2019).