Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Pale-edged Flycatcher (Myiarchus cephalotes)


French: Tyran givré German: Andenschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón montañero

Myiarchus cephalotes


, 1880,

Tambillo, northern Peru


Precise relationships within genus unclear; perhaps sister to M. ferox and M. phaeocephalus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. caribbaeus Hellmayr, 1925 – N & W Venezuela (N Coastal Range in Aragua and Distrito Federal, mountains of Sucre and N Monagas, Andes of Lara and Trujillo).
  • M. c. cephalotes Taczanowski, 1880 – Andes of Colombia, E Ecuador, Peru (slopes of E & C cordilleras) and Bolivia (Yungas to W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; male 22·5–31 g, female 20·5–28 g (cephalotes), male 22·5–27·5g, female 23–24·5 g (... read more


    Dawn song a series of piercing whistles given at intervals of at least 5 seconds; daytime contact... read more


    Inhabits borders of moist and humid forests, clearings in forest, and open woodland. Occurs in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera) and caterpillars; also berry seeds (“pits”). Sallies to hover-... read more


    Breeds Apr–Jun in Venezuela and Colombia; males with enlarged testes and females with oviduct slightly enlarged and ova up to 2 mm in... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Fairly common in Serranías Cofán (Sucumbíos), in Ecuador, and along Maracay-Choroní pass, in Venezuela; occurs in Macarao... read more

    Recommended citation

    Joseph, L. (2020). Pale-edged Flycatcher (Myiarchus cephalotes). 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 21 January 2020).