Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Antillean Flycatcher (Myiarchus oberi)


French: Tyran janeau German: Kleinantillen-Schopftyrann Spanish: Copetón de Ober

Myiarchus Oberi


, 1877,

Dominica, Lesser Antilles


Sister to M. antillarum (which see); further, unpublished analysis also suggests that race sclateri is sister to the other three races. Earlier authors treated sanctaeluciae as a race of M. tyrannulus and sclateri as a race of M. stolidus. General clinal increase in size from N to S, but this pattern disrupted on Martinique; races vocally close. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. o. berlepschii Cory, 1888 – St Kitts, Nevis and Barbuda.
  • M. o. oberi Lawrence, 1877 – Guadeloupe and Dominica.
  • M. o. sclateri Lawrence, 1879 – Martinique.
  • M. o. sanctaeluciae Hellmayr & Seilern, 1915 – St Lucia.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–22 cm; 21·3–37 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts dark olive-green, uppertail-coverts with rufous edges; lores (especially), ear-coverts and face... read more


    Loud, prolonged plaintive whistles and also short whistles; dawn song like that of M.... read more


    Primarily edges and canopy of dense woodland, “modified” thorn-scrub, forests and tree plantations... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and small fruit. Perches vertically for medium to long periods amidst vegetation, bowing head to peer about in search of prey;... read more


    Breeds Mar–Jul, e.g. nest with eggs in May on Dominica. Loosely constructed nest of plant fibres, feathers and plant down, built in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Generally common; rare on Guadeloupe. Islands of Lesser Antilles have... read more

    Recommended citation

    Joseph, L. (2019). Lesser Antillean Flycatcher (Myiarchus oberi). 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 11 December 2019).