Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Minas Gerais Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes roquettei)


French: Tyranneau de Minas Gerais German: Gelbbürzel-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito de Minas Gerais

Phylloscartes roquettei

E. Snethlage

, 1928,

Brejo Januária, Rio São Francisco, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Affinities uncertain; may belong with the “P. flaviventris group”. Monotypic.


SC Bahia to C Minas Gerais, in E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; c. 8 g. Plumage is olive above, crown same colour as back; prominent rufous to ochraceous forehead and supraloral region, thin buffy broken eyering, blackish lores,... read more


Song a fast series of high, harmonic notes, introductory note slightly louder and higher; calls are... read more


Tropical dry forest, gallery forest, and tall deciduous scrub, especially those closely associated... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages in pairs or family groups, only rarely in mixed-species flocks (unlike many of its congeners), mainly in mid-canopy and... read more


Nests found in Oct and Nov; family with fledged young in Dec and Feb. Nest roughly globular in shape, approximate dimensions 10 cm tall and... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Critically Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Deciduous Forests of Minas Gerais and Goiás EBA. Found in São Francisco... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Minas Gerais Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes roquettei). 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 15 November 2019).