Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus)


French: Tyranneau marbré German: Schwarzohr-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito jaspeado

Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus


, 1874,

Amable María, Chanchamayo Valley, Peru


Fairly distinctive S race ottonis was previously considered a separate species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. o. purus Todd, 1952 – coastal and interior mountains of N Venezuela (Yaracuy, and from Carabobo E to Distrito Federal and Aragua).
  • P. o. ophthalmicus Taczanowski, 1874 – Andes of Colombia (W & C ranges), NW & E Ecuador and E slope in Peru (S to Ayacucho).
  • P. o. ottonis Berlepsch, 1901 – SE Peru (Cuzco, Madre de Dios) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5 cm; 10–11 g. Nominate race has slate-grey crown contrasting with bright yellow-olive upperparts; lores and supercilium white, face grizzled black and white... read more


    Song a rather weak but explosive, high-pitched chatter, ending in rapid, slightly ascending trill... read more


    Humid montane forest, especially mossy, middle-elevation cloudforest; remains in forest interior,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Most often seen in pairs with mixed-species flocks of tanagers (Thraupidae), warblers (Parulidae), furnariids and other... read more


    Little published information available. One nest in NE Ecuador was an oven-shaped, mossy ball with a hooded side entrance attached by the... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. Rare at Finca Merenberg (Huila), in Colombia, at upper limit of altitudinal range. Occurs in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus ophthalmicus). 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 February 2020).