Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ochre-faced Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus plumbeiceps)


French: Todirostre gorgeret German: Ockergesicht-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí cabecicanela

T[odirostrum]. plumbeiceps


, 1846,

“Brésil, Bolivie” = Paraguay


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. obscurus (J. T. Zimmer, 1940) – E slope of Andes of SE Peru (from Cuzco) S to C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
  • P. p. viridiceps (Salvadori, 1897) – E slope of Andes of S Bolivia (from Chuquisaca) S to NW Argentina (Salta).
  • P. p. cinereipectus (Novaes, 1953) – NE & CE Brazil (Pernambuco#R, Alagoas, Bahia, SE Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo).
  • P. p. plumbeiceps (Lafresnaye, 1846) – E Paraguay, SE Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul), NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes) and extreme NE Uruguay#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–9·5 cm; 5·3–6 g. Has buffish-cinnamon forehead, grey crown; otherwise dark olive above, dusky wings with two ochraceous wingbars, ochraceous-edged flight-... read more


    Call a series of up to five low, sharp “drrr” churrs or rattled “tr-r-r-r-r” trills, sometimes... read more


    Dense vine tangles, shrubs, Chusquea bamboo or bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivore. Forages alone or in pairs, usually not with mixed flocks; uses short sallies to catch insects close to ground.


    Nests in Nov in Argentina and Jan in Paraguay; juveniles observed in Mar. Nest an untidy elongated pear-shaped structure c. 20 cm high and... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Madidi National Park, in Bolivia, Caaguazú, San... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2019). Ochre-faced Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus plumbeiceps). 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 6 December 2019).