Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Olive-striped Flycatcher (Mionectes galbinus)


French: Pipromorphe à ventre jaune German: Santa-Marta-Pipratyrann Spanish: Mosquero rayadito

Mionectes olivaceus galbinus


, 1902,

La Concepción, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. olivaceus, but differs in characters given under that species. Songs of nominate and hederaceus are distinguishable from each other and differ rather strongly from those of other two races, which sound very similar (apart from rather different population of venezuelensis in Caripe, which may indicate an undescribed taxon); thus, at least one further species may be involved. Populations vary morphologically along two N–S clines, one from WC Panama to W Ecuador and the other following E base of mountains from NE Venezuela and Trinidad S to Bolivia; proposed race improvisus (N Cauca Valley) merged with hederaceus, as intermediate within W cline; pallidus (E Andes of Colombia in Magdalena and N Meta) and meridae (NW Venezuela and adjacent NE Colombia) are indistinct, intermediate forms within E cline, both treated as synonyms of venezuelensis. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. hederaceus Bangs, 1910 – Panama (E from Veraguas), N & W Colombia (Cauca Valley, W slope and lowlands) and W Ecuador (S to Loja).
  • M. g. galbinus Bangs, 1902 – Western Olive-striped Flycatcher – Santa Marta region of N Colombia.
  • M. g. venezuelensis Ridgway, 1906 – Eastern Olive-striped Flycatcher – Sierra de Perijá, N Venezuela (Falcón to Sucre) and S along E base of Andes to S Colombia (W Meta); also Trinidad.
  • M. g. fasciaticollis Chapman, 1923 – E base of Andes from S Colombia (W Putumayo) S to S Peru and extreme NW Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14·5 cm; 11·7–18·5 g (race hederaceus), 10·1–18·5 g (race fasciaticollis), 11·1–16·6 g (race venezuelensis). Crown, head-sides and upperparts... read more


    Very quiet except in breeding season, when lekking male endlessly repeats a series of 3–4 very high... read more


    Lower and middle growth of humid forest, shady secondary woodland, and forest borders and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly frugivorous, known to eat fruits of Trema, Heliconia, Urera and melastomes (Melastomataceae), with one... read more


    Eggs in Apr–May in NE Ecuador; males in breeding condition in Apr and juveniles in Jul in extreme NE Colombia; season May–Jul in NC... read more


    Probably descends to lowlands in Andes during non-breeding season, for example moving to lower... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common, sometimes abundant; often the commonest bird in mist-nets in Peruvian forested foothills at 350–500 m, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Olive-striped Flycatcher (Mionectes galbinus). 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 24 January 2020).