Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Paltry Tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus)


Taxonomy

French: Tyranneau gobemoucheron German: Weißstreif-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito nimio
Taxonomy:

Elainia [sic] vilissima

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1859,

Cobán, Guatemala

.

Until recently considered conspecific with Z. parvus#R (which see), and previously also with Z. improbus (which see). Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Mexico (Chiapas), S Guatemala, S Belize and W El Salvador.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Small, short-tailed tyrannulet. Broad white supercilia meeting above bill; crown dark brownish grey, upperparts bright olive; wings dusky, wing-coverts, inner... read more

Voice

Persistent series of downslurred whistled “pee-areet” or “pyeu” notes... read more

Habitat

Humid montane forest (including pines in Guatemala), forest borders, tall second growth with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; mistletoe (Loranthaceae) and other small berries regularly eaten. Forages singly or in pairs, often following mixed-species flocks... read more

Breeding

Apparently no information, but a female collected in late Apr in El Salvador had a brood patch.

Movements

Resident; many descend to lower elevations in winter (see Habitat).

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common to common, being one of the commonest birds in Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala,... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Paltry Tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57205 on 23 March 2019).