Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Grey-hooded Attila (Attila rufus)


French: Attila à tête grise German: Streifenkehl-Attilatyrann Spanish: Atila encapuchado

Tyrannus rufus


, 1819,

Cayenne; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. hellmayri O. M. O. Pinto, 1935 – C & S Bahia, in E Brazil.
  • A. r. rufus (Vieillot, 1819) – SE Brazil from E Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to NE Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; 36·5–51·5 g. Dark eyes, rather long bill with whitish to greyish lower mandible, grey legs. Nominate race has grey head and nape... read more


    Call an “éé-ew” whistle. Far-carrying and melodious song a series of 6... read more


    Humid lowland and montane forest and edge, also scrub; to 1500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Larger arthropods, e.g. ants (Hymenoptera), butterflies (Lepidoptera); tree frogs; also fruit. Feeds alone or in pairs, sometimes in mixed-... read more


    Little information. Builds bulky nest in tree trunk or tree-fern, also in tunnel-like cavity inside embankment.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; apparently more common at lower elevations. Fairly common at Saibadela Research Station in Intervales State Park; occurs... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2019). Grey-hooded Attila (Attila rufus). 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 8 December 2019).