Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-capped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias griseocapilla)


French: Tyranneau à tête grise German: Graukappen-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito coronigrís

Phyllomyias griseocapilla

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

presumably Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Has sometimes been placed in Oreotriccus, along with P. plumbeiceps. Monotypic.


E Brazil in SC Bahia and from Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to NE Rio Grande do Sul#R.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Plumage is bright olive-green above, slate-grey on crown and nape; narrow white loral spot, white area around eye; wings dusky, two wingbars and conspicuous edges of... read more


A pair or short series of softly whistled “wheeuw” notes.


Humid upper tropical forest and forest edges, including shrubby clearings and dense second growth;... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; berries and small fruit, especially of mistletoe (Loranthaceae), also frequently eaten. Forages singly or in pairs, occasionally... read more


Little information. Nests with nestlings recorded in Oct and Jan, and adults feeding juveniles in Feb; one nest described as globular,... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Uncommon to relatively common, but patchily... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & de Juana, E. (2020). Grey-capped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias griseocapilla). 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 19 January 2020).