Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Orange-crested Flycatcher (Myiophobus phoenicomitra)


French: Moucherolle à cimier orange German: Olivrücken-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero crestinaranja

Myiobius phœnicomitra

Taczanowski and Berlepsch

, 1885,

[Hacienda] Mapoto, Tungurahua, Ecuador


Most closely allied to M. flavicans, M. inornatus and M. roraimae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. p. litae (E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) – W slope of Andes in W Colombia (C Antioquia#R; S from S Chocó) and W Ecuador (S to Pichincha; recorded in El Oro#R).
  • M. p. phoenicomitra (Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885) – E slope of Andes of SW Colombia (W Putumayo), E Ecuador and NE Peru (NW San Martín).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12 cm. Male has olive crown, semi-concealed orange-rufous, orange-red or golden-yellow coronal patch, sometimes a narrow yellow broken eyering; upperparts olive;... read more


    Call (NW Ecuador) a thin, weak, high-pitched “tsut, tseép-tsu”.


    Lower growth of forest and forest borders, at 500–1550 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects, probably similar to those taken by M. flavicans. Solitary or in small groups of 2–3 individuals, usually not... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in late Mar and mid-Jun in Colombia (upper Anchicayá Valley). No other information.


    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered to be generally uncommon to fairly common, but local within its narrow elevational zone. Occurs in Podocarpus and Sangay National Parks,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Orange-crested Flycatcher (Myiophobus phoenicomitra). 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 22 November 2019).