Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis)


French: Tyran à tête grise German: Graukappen-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo cabecigrís

Myiozetetes granadensis


, 1862,



Molecular data indicate strong support for a clade consisting of present species and M. luteiventris as sister-group to one formed by M. cayanensis and M. similis. Race occidentalis may be better merged with nominate; further study required. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. granadensis Lawrence, 1862 – E Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica S to CE Panama.
  • M. g. occidentalis J. T. Zimmer, 1937 – E Panama (Darién), N & W Colombia (W of Andes) and NW Ecuador (S to N Manabí and S Pichincha).
  • M. g. obscurior Todd, 1925 – C & E Colombia (lower Magdalena Valley S to SE side of Serranía San Lucas, S from W Meta and Vaupés, and widely E of E Andes) and SE Venezuela (C & S Amazonas, W Bolívar) S to E Ecuador, E Peru (E of Andes), W Brazil (E to N Roraima, W Amazonas and Rondônia) and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and N Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 28–30 g. Has crown and nape grey, semi-concealed orange-yellow or reddish-orange coronal patch; white forehead extending into rather short, narrow white... read more


    Sharp, dry, emphatic, and often incessantly repeated nasal “kip”, “bip” or “wic” notes and longer “... read more


    Agricultural areas with scattered trees, semi-open and shrubby clearings, humid second growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; considerable quantities of berries and arillate seeds also consumed. Usually in pairs or small, sometimes noisy, family groups,... read more


    Breeds Feb–Jun, occasionally to Aug, in Costa Rica and during Feb–May dry season in Panama; nest found in Mar in Colombia (... read more


    Not well known. Probably mainly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Has relatively extensive range; possible occurrence also in NW Peru doubted, as single 1877 specimen from Tumbes may have... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2020). Grey-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis). 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 17 January 2020).