Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Helmeted Pygmy-tyrant (Lophotriccus galeatus)


French: Microtyran casqué German: Helm-Schuppenkopftyrann Spanish: Cimerillo de casquete

Motacilla Galeata


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Formerly placed in monotypic Colopteryx, on grounds of narrow outer three primaries; subsequently moved to present genus owing to overwhelming similarities (including anatomical characters). Monotypic.


E Venezuela (Sucre, Monagas, Bolívar, Amazonas), the Guianas, E Colombia, NE Peru (Loreto) and N Brazil (N Amazonas E to Amapá and, S of Amazon, E from R Tapajós to Maranhão).

Descriptive notes

10·2 cm; 6–7 g. Has long black crown feathers with greyish-olive edging, forming crest (sometimes erected and fanned), whitish lores; upperparts olive; wings dusky, two... read more


Series of 4–10 dry staccato “pik” or “trik” notes, sometimes ending in warbled or trilled... read more


Terra firme and várzea forest and edge, also second growth and swampy or tall... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages usually alone, sometimes with mixed-species flocks, in mid-storey of forest; makes short sallies to strike at insects from... read more


Eggs in Mar and nestlings in late Sept in Surinam; birds in breeding condition in Feb–Apr in Venezuela. Bag-like domed nest with... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve, in Venezuela, and Tapajós National Park, Rio Cristalino Forest Reserve... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2020). Helmeted Pygmy-tyrant (Lophotriccus galeatus). 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 24 February 2020).