Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi)


French: Todirostre de Kaempfer German: Ockerbrust-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí de Kaempfer

Idioptilon mirandae kaempferi

J. T. Zimmer

, 1953,

Salto do Piraí, 450 feet [c. 140 m], Santa Catarina, Brazil


See H. zosterops. Originally regarded as a race of H. mirandae, but differs in minor plumage characters, including browner upperparts (1), yellowish-tinged breast (1), belly yellower (1), more pronounced wingbars (ns[1])#R; and significantly in voice, with individual notes of song sharply upslurred vs overslurred, so that change in frequency exceptional (4) and notes somewhat longer (1). Monotypic.

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SE Paraná and NE Santa Catarina, in SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Similar to geographically remote H. cinnamomeipectus. Has crown buffy olive, lores, ocular area and cheek buffy; upperparts dark olive; wings dark olive,... read more


A short series of high-pitched, nasal, raspy notes, “kuít-kuít” or... read more


Lowland tropical evergreen forest and shrubby second growth, favouring low, shaded growth with ... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; lepidopteran caterpillar observed to be taken. Forages alone or in pairs in dense vegetation, 0·5–3 m above ground;... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Apparently rare, and known from only eleven localities. Extrapolating from an observed density... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Kaempfer's Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus kaempferi). 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).