Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Inca Flycatcher (Leptopogon taczanowskii)


French: Pipromorphe inca German: Graugesicht-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejero inca

Leptopogon taczanowskii


, 1917,

Ray-Urmana, Huayabamba Valley, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Amazonas, Peru


Closest to L. rufipectus. Present species was originally named “L. rufipectus” by Taczanowski, but that name was already preoccupied by that of its close relative. Monotypic.


E Andes of Peru from Amazonas and San Martín S to Cuzco.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 13 g. Plumage is olive above, crown darker brownish-olive; lores and face mottled whitish, whitish auricular patch bordered posteriorly by blackish facial crescent;... read more


Sharp, excited “skwee” or “spik” given at irregular intervals or several times in succession.


Humid upper montane forest, especially mossy cloudforest, occasionally venturing to edge or second... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; small fruits and berries may aso be eaten. Inconspicuous; forages from shady perches under forest canopy; sits erect, tail... read more


Not documented.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in Río Abiseo and Yanachaga-Chemillén... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Inca Flycatcher (Leptopogon taczanowskii). 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 12 December 2019).