Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Northern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)


French: Tyran audacieux German: Süd-Fleckenmaskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo rayado septentrional

Muscicapa maculata

Statius Müller

, 1776,

French Guiana


See M. solitarius; these two probably sister to M. luteiventris (which see). Clearly observable differences lacking between supposed races from localities as widely separated as N Venezuela, the Guianas and NE & S Brazil; re-evaluation required. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. m. insolens Ridgway, 1887 – E & SE Mexico (SW Tamaulipas S to Puebla, N Oaxaca and N Chiapas, E to S Yucatán and Quintana Roo), N Guatemala, Belize and NW Honduras; possibly also W Nicaragua#R; migrates S to N South America.
  • M. m. difficilis J. T. Zimmer, 1937 – W Costa Rica S to Panama (including Coiba I, Cébaco I and Pearl Is), Colombia (except N & W) and W Venezuela (W of Andes in Zulia and Táchira, W Falcón E to Curimagua, and E base of Andes S from Portuguesa).
  • M. m. nobilis P. L. Sclater, 1859 – N Colombia (Córdoba E in coast region to Santa Marta Mts and W side of Sierra de Perijá).
  • M. m. tobagensis J. T. Zimmer, 1937 – Venezuela (except W, but also Margarita I), Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana.
  • M. m. chapmani J. T. Zimmer, 1937 – W Colombia (S from Serranía de Baudó in Chocó, absent or local in SW lowlands), W Ecuador and extreme NW Peru (S to Piura).
  • M. m. maculatus (Statius Müller, 1776) – Suriname, French Guiana, N Brazil (upper R Negro S to S bank of R Amazon, E to NW Maranhão) and E Peru (R Napo and R Ucayali area).
  • Descriptive notes

    19·5–21 cm; 37–50 g. Nominate race has buffy to cinnamon crown, heavily but indistinctly streaked dusky, semi-concealed bright yellow (sometimes tinged... read more


    Variety of rather loud and raucous calls, most commonly a harsh and sharp nasal “chup... read more


    Evergreen to semi-deciduous forest, open second-growth woodland and gallery forest, edges and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including especially cicadas (Cicadidae), beetles, wasps and flying ants (Hymenoptera), as well as caterpillars; small lizards and... read more


    Season May–Jun in Guatemala, Mar–Sept in Costa Rica, late Dec to Aug in Panama (eggs until late Jul); in Colombia, birds in... read more


    Migratory in N range. Breeders present mid/late Mar to Sept on Atlantic slope from Mexico S to W... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. Has very large range, within which it occurs in numerous national parks and many other protected areas.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Northern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus). 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 28 January 2020).