Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-headed Piprites (Piprites griseiceps)


French: Piprite à tête grise German: Graustirn-Pipritestyrann Spanish: Piprites cabecigrís

Piprites griseiceps


, 1865,

Tucurrique, Costa Rica


Close to P. chloris. Monotypic.


Extreme E Guatemala and N Honduras S, mainly in Caribbean coastal areas, to extreme W Panama (Bocas del Toro).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 16 g. Rather long-tailed for a manakin, and with tyrannid-like coloration and big-eyed, staring look. Has slate-grey head, conspicuous white eyering; olive-green... read more


Main calls a soft, liquid, rolling “purrr” and soft “chip” notes; song an... read more


Occupies forest and adjacent tall secondary growth; mostly at 100–600 m, locally up to 750 m. read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, taken in flight sallies. Often joins mixed-species foraging flocks.


Apparently unrecorded.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA. Poorly known species. Uncommon to rare, and local; previously considered... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Grey-headed Piprites (Piprites griseiceps). 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).