Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Kiskadee (Philohydor lictor)


French: Tyran licteur German: Liktormaskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo chico

L[anius]. Lictor

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Belém, east Pará, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. panamense (Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1918) – E Panama (E from Canal Zone) and Caribbean coast of Colombia (Atrato E to Santa Marta and lower R Magdalena).
  • P. l. lictor (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Colombia, E Ecuador and E Peru, Amazonian & E Brazil (E to Amapá, Maranhão and W Piauí, S to Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo, and from Pernambuco S to Rio de Janeiro; perhaps more extensive in CE Brazil#R) and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and N Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–18 cm; 25 g. Has black or sooty crown, large bright yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed), conspicuous white supercilia confluent or nearly so on nape, black or... read more


    Calls a vigorous, buzzy, rather nasal “dzay” or “dzweey”, or more prolonged “dzay-dzwey-dwzee-zwee... read more


    Shrubby vegetation, low trees, snags and stumps near open water or marshy, shrubby pasture,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually in pairs, occasionally alone or in small groups of 3–4; most often perches at lower levels, usually not higher than... read more


    Two nests found in Jun (Caquetá) and two males in breeding condition in Jul (César) in Colombia; breeds Jun–Oct in Venezuela (W Apure... read more


    Probably resident throughout range. One report of possible vagrant in Argentina (N Buenos Aires)... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its relatively large range. Much of this species’ habitat within... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). Lesser Kiskadee (Philohydor lictor). 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 16 December 2019).