Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Patagonian Tyrant (Colorhamphus parvirostris)


French: Pitajo de Patagonie German: Patagonienschmätzertyrann Spanish: Peutrén

Myiobius parvirostris

Gould and G. R. Gray

, 1839,

#R, Santa Cruz, Chile




SC Chile (from La Araucanía) and SW Argentina (from Neuquén and Río Negro) S to Tierra del Fuego; N to C Chile (Coquimbo) in non-breeding season.

Descriptive notes

12–12·5 cm. Has head darkish grey with median band on crown blackish-grey fading to brownish-grey towards rear; rest of head medium grey, with slightly paler, whitish... read more


Distinctive call, frequent in breeding season, occasional at other times, a drawn-out, high,... read more


Borders of humid forest, including Nothofagus, Quillaja saponaria and ... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Frequently found singly or in pairs; generally inconspicuous; usually perches upright. Forages at varying levels, usually in... read more


Nov–Feb in Chile and Oct–Feb in Argentina. Nest cup-shaped, consisting of grass and moss, frequently attached to bamboo stem,... read more


Austral migrant. Post-breeding movement N, to as far as C Chile (Coquimbo); leaves breeding grounds... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon. Abundance decreases in extreme S parts of range. Occurs in all national parks within Chilean fjordlands, e.g. Puyehué National Park.

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Patagonian Tyrant (Colorhamphus parvirostris). 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 13 December 2019).