Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra)


French: Tyranneau omnicolore German: Vielfarben-Tachurityrann Spanish: Sietecolores

Sylvia rubrigastra


, 1817,



Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. r. libertatis Hellmayr, 1920 – W Peru (Piura S to Arequipa).
  • T. r. alticola (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896) – C & SE Peru (Junín S to Puno), W Bolivia (La Paz, Oruro) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Tucumán).
  • T. r. loaensis R. A. Philippi [Bañados] & A. W. Johnson, 1946 – N Chile (Antofagasta at confluence of R Loa and R San Salvador).
  • T. r. rubrigastra (Vieillot, 1817) – SE Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul), C & W Chile (Atacama S to Chiloé and Aisén), Argentina (Misiones, and from Santa Fe to Buenos Aires and S to Santa Cruz) and Uruguay; in winter also Paraguay and interior SE Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm; 6·5–8 g. Vibrantly coloured, the most colourful of all tyrannids. Male nominate race has crown black, prominent golden supercilium, semi... read more


    Bizarre, rapid series of insect-like “tic” notes, and musical “piwup bzzzzt... read more


    Extensive reedbeds, marshes, and grassy lake edges, very rarely leaving patches of reeds for... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages alone or in family groups in dense rushes, usually well concealed. Mainly perch-gleans items from reed edges or floating... read more


    Eggs in Oct, nestlings in Sept and fledglings in Feb in Peru; in breeding condition in Sept and Oct and fledgling in Feb in SE Brazil. Very... read more


    Migratory patterns poorly understood; populations in S parts of range move N during austral winter... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common; often found in scattered, loose colonies, with intervening suitable habitat apparently unoccupied. In NW of range, abundant at L Jun... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clock, B. (2019). Many-colored Rush-tyrant (Tachuris rubrigastra). 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 10 December 2019).