Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Handsome Flycatcher (Nephelomyias pulcher)


French: Moucherolle superbe German: Graukronen-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero hermoso

Myiobius pulcher

P. L. Sclater

, 1861,

Quito, Ecuador


Race bellus shows some morphological and plumage differences from others, and perhaps also some vocal differences#R; further study needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. p. pulcher (P. L. Sclater, 1861) – W slope of Andes of W Colombia (S from Valle) and NW Ecuador (S to Cotopaxi).
  • N. p. bellus (P. L. Sclater, 1862) – locally in C & E Andes of Colombia and E slope of Andes of NE & SE Ecuador and extreme N Peru (NW Cajamarca).
  • N. p. oblitus (J. Bond, 1943) – E slope of Andes of SE Peru (Cuzco, Puno); recorded also in C Bolivia (Cochabamba), where status unknown.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–11 cm. Male nominate race has crown olive grey, semi-concealed orange-rufous coronal patch, narrow white supraloral spot and broken eyering; nape olive-grey, rest... read more


    Song a clear sharp “tsi-tsi-tsi”.


    Mostly middle and upper strata of humid forest, forest borders and secondary growth. Some variation... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually in small group of 2–5 individuals, and accompanying mixed-species flocks of tanagers (Thraupidae) and other... read more


    In breeding condition in Feb–Aug in Colombia. No other information.


    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common or fairly common in N (nominate and race bellus); rare and local in Peru (oblitus). Occurs in Tambito Nature... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Handsome Flycatcher (Nephelomyias pulcher). 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 14 December 2019).