Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Pacific Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus pacificus)


French: Tyranneau de Colombie German: Pazifik-Breitschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano del Pacífico

Craspedoprion pacificus


, 1914,

Juntas de Tamaná, Chocó, Colombia


Long considered a race of R. brevirostris, but the two may not even be sister-taxa. Monotypic.


Chocó region of W Colombia (S from mid-Atrato Valley) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas S to S Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 23·5–26·5 g. Large-headed flycatcher. Has dark olive head and upperparts, indistinct grey eyering; wings and tail dusky brown, conspicuous tawny-... read more


Song a fast series of descending clear to burry notes, “tchwee-tee-te-tu-tu-tu”; call a... read more


Lower growth of humid lowland forest and mature secondary woodland, usually sea-level to 1000 m; to... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on arthropods. Forages alone or in pairs, often at edge of understorey mixed-species flocks including furnariids, Myrmotherula... read more


Birds in breeding condition from Mar in Colombia. No other information.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; often overlooked. Restricted to Chocó region. Uncommon in Río Palenque Science Centre and Tinalandia Private Reserve, in... read more

Recommended citation

Bates, J. (2019). Pacific Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus pacificus). 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).