Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Ochraceous Attila (Attila torridus)


French: Attila ocré German: Ockerattilatyrann Spanish: Atila ocre

Attila torridus

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador


Has been considered conspecific with A. cinnamomeus, but differs in its brighter, paler coloration above and below (2); longer bill (effect size for males 3.09, score 2); song a series of rising whistles ending with a lower note and short sharp high note vs a series of (fewer, longer) rising whistles (at least 3); call a shorter overslurred whistle vs double whistle, “ki-wheeeuu” (2)#R. Monotypic.


W Ecuador (locally from Esmeraldas to Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes); old record from SW Colombia (Nariño)#R.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; 46 g. Reddish-brown eyes, dusky bill, grey legs. Paler and yellower version of A. cinnamomeus. Has cinnamon-ochraceous head and upperparts; yellowish... read more


Call a loud, clear, downslurred “whoeeeer” whistle, similar to call of Black Hawk-eagle... read more


Humid and semi-humid forest and edge, second growth and adjacent clearings and plantations; to 1000... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods (e.g. spiders) and fruit. Feeds alone or in pairs in forest mid-storey to canopy. Perches quietly and almost motionless, before... read more


No information. Presumably breeds during wet season (Jan–Mar).


Probably sedentary; some authors have suggested the occurrence of seasonal movements, but the... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rare to locally uncommon. Known from c. 30 sites in W Ecuador and NW Peru; one 1958 record from SW Colombia. Global population of several thousand individuals;... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Ochraceous Attila (Attila torridus). 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 14 November 2019).