Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Wagtail-tyrant (Stigmatura napensis)


French: Calandrite du Napo German: Nordstelzentyrann Spanish: Rabicano menor

Stigmatura budytoides napensis


, 1926,

junction of rivers Curaray and Napo, Peru


Until recently considered conspecific with S. bahiae (see below). A population from R Orinoco probably represents an undescribed taxon as it differs in voice from both present species and S. bahiae#R, but, pending fuller analysis, is here treated as part of present species. Monotypic.


Along larger rivers of C Amazonian and SW Orinoco drainages in extreme SE Colombia (near Leticia), SW Venezuela (W Amazonas), E Ecuador, NE Peru and NC Brazil (E to R Tapajós).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 8–11·5 g. Distinctive tyrannid of Amazonian river islands. Narrow pale yellow supercilium from bill to behind eye, indistinct pale yellow eyering,... read more


Soft, whistled and querulous “wheeert?” or “weeeéé” and harsh... read more


Early-successional vegetation, especially newly forming beaches with thick Tessaria and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in pairs or family groups. Moves actively, with short pauses; tail usually held cocked above horizontal, constantly fanned... read more


Virtually nothing known; in breeding condition, mid Oct, on R Branco, N Brazil.


Resident, but local movements are inevitable with fluctuating water-levels that flood suitable... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common; seemingly very local in E Amazonian Brazil. In Ecuador, where first found only in Aug 1986,... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Lesser Wagtail-tyrant (Stigmatura napensis). 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 18 January 2020).