Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

McConnell's Flycatcher (Mionectes macconnelli)


French: Pipromorphe de McConnell German: Schwarzschnabel-Pipratyrann Spanish: Mosquero de McConnell

Pipromorpha oleaginea macconnelli

C. Chubb

, 1919,

Kamakabra River, Guyana


See M. oleagineus. Until recently considered conspecific with M. roraimae (which see). Race peruanus, reported in HBW to be distinctly different, is marginally less dark on breast and brighter on belly; song, however, structurally different#R, meriting further study, which must also determine whether adjacent population of presumed nominate sings similarly; genetic data#R support treatment of peruanus as a separate species. Populations of nominate N and S of Amazon possess moderately different songs. Proposed race amazonus (C Brazil and E Bolivia) treated as synonymous with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. m. macconnelli (C. Chubb, 1919) – McConnell's Flycatcher – lowland tropics of E Venezuela (NE Bolívar), the Guianas and lower Amazonian Brazil (E from R Negro and R Madeira, possibly from Amazonas, S to N Mato Grosso and C Pará), SE Peru (S Ucayali, Cuzco, Madre de Dios) and NE Bolivia (Pando, Beni, La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz).
  • M. m. peruanus (Carriker, 1930) – Junin Flycatcher – C Peru (Junín).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–13·5 cm; 8–18 g. Nominate race uniform olive above; wings and tail entirely dusky olive; rich cinnamon-buff below, throat and upper breast suffused dark... read more


    Displaying male gives widely spaced or repeated series of nasal, thrush-like “wiib” or... read more


    Lower growth of humid forest, primarily terra firme, but also in forest plantations,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; also feeds extensively on understorey fruits (e.g., Rubiaceae, Melastomataceae). Regularly joins mixed flocks of small... read more


    Eggs in Jan–Mar in N Brazil (around Manaus, at height of wet season), but birds in breeding condition there recorded Oct–Apr... read more


    Apparently resident, although mist-net capture frequencies vary seasonally in SE Peru.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common; rather local in Peru. Nesting density unusually high, occupied nests may be only 100–200 m apart... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). McConnell's Flycatcher (Mionectes macconnelli). 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 13 December 2019).