Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes ventralis)


French: Tyranneau ventru German: Olivgelb-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito oliváceo

Muscicapa ventralis


, 1824,

Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil


See P. flavovirens. Geographical variation minimal, and recognition of races may be unwarranted. Proposed form pammictus is synonym of nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. v. angustirostris (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – E Andes from N Peru (Amazonas) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • P. v. tucumanus J. T. Zimmer, 1940 – NW Argentina (Jujuy S to Tucumán and Catamarca).
  • P. v. ventralis (Temminck, 1824) – SE Brazil (Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro S to S Mato Grosso do Sul and Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes, Entre Ríos) and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 9 g. Nominate race is dark olive above, narrow short super­cilium and eyering whitish (sometimes indistinctly so), dusky eyeline from lores through auriculars,... read more


    Various short, rapid chatters of weak, reedy notes on same pitch, “chidit-it-it-it-it”; also... read more


    Primarily montane evergreen forest from 1000 m to 2200 m in Andes, rarely above 1500 m in S Brazil... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthopods. Stomach contents of specimens from SE Peru contained 52 identified items, of which beetles (Coleoptera) 64%, homopteran bugs 12... read more


    Oct–Dec in Argentina; juveniles in Nov in SE Peru. Nest in Argentina (race tucumanus) a closed ball, circular side entrance... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in a number of protected areas in most parts of range, including e.g. Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, in Peru, San... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes ventralis). 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 8 December 2019).