Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Olive Flycatcher (Mitrephanes olivaceus)


French: Moucherolle olive German: Olivbauch-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero moñudo oliváceo
Other common names: Olive Tufted Flycatcher

Mitrephanes olivaceus

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

Garita del Sol, Peru


Previously considered conspecific with M. phaeocercus. Monotypic.


C Andes of Peru (Cerro Chinguela, on Piura–Cajamarca border, and S from Amazonas) S to NW Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 8·5 g. Has olive crown, distinct pointed crest; pale loral spot and thin buff-white eyering; face, nape and upperparts olive; wings and tail dusky, two greyish-olive... read more


Song is a series of dry chipping notes followed by a high pitched penetrating descending whistle... read more


Lower and middle levels of montane forest and borders, at 1000–2000 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually found in pairs; joins mixed-species flocks. Searches in erect posture from exposed perch in low to upper levels of forest... read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon. Poorly known. Uncommon in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and along Shintuya-Paucartambo road (Cuzco), in Peru. Occurs in Madidi... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A., Lebbin, D. & Boesman, P. (2019). Olive Flycatcher (Mitrephanes olivaceus). 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 December 2019).