Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Olive-green Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes virescens)


French: Tyranneau verdâtre German: Guyanalaubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito verdoso

Phylloscartes virescens


, 1925,

Pied Saut, French Guiana


See P. flavovirens. Monotypic.


The Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (N of Amazon from R Negro to Amapá; recently found also S of Amazon in NE Pará#R#R).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 8 g. Plumage is olive above, crown same colour as back; supraloral region faintly yellowish-white, connecting with prominent yellowish eyering; face yellowish-green;... read more


Song, by both members of foraging pair, a series of high, reedy notes preceded by louder,... read more


Canopy and borders of humid evergreen forest, usually high in primary forest but occasionally in... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually joins mixed-species flocks containing greenlets (Hylophilus), tanagers (Thraupidae), antbirds (Thamnophilidae... read more


No data. Season probably Dec–Mar.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare; perhaps often overlooked. Occurs in Brownsberg Nature Park, in Surinam; numerous recent sight records from near Manaus, in Brazil. Poorly known... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Olive-green Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes virescens). 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 11 December 2019).