Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Painted Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum pictum)


French: Todirostre peint German: Schwarzflecken-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí pintado

Todirostrum pictum


, 1897,

Annai, Guyana


See T. nigriceps. Monotypic.


SE Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas and adjacent N Brazil (N of Amazon, E from R Negro).

Descriptive notes

9–10·2 cm; 6–8 g. Has glossy black head, white supraloral spot, long white submoustachial stripe; small yellow neckband, olive back and rump; wings black,... read more


Call “chevik” or “pi-pik”; song 8–12 sharp, piercing “peek... read more


Canopy of tall humid terra firme, várzea and tropical dry forest, forest borders... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including e.g. flies (Diptera). Forages alone or in pairs, rarely with mixed-species flocks, in high outer-canopy foliage and... read more


Oct in Surinam. Nest built by both sexes, an untidy elongated pouch with dangling “tail” and side entrance, in one case... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; often overlooked, most frequently located by voice.

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Painted Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum pictum). 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 15 November 2019).