Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Pelzeln's Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus inornatus)


French: Todirostre de Pelzeln German: Pelzelntodityrann Spanish: Titirijí de Pelzeln

Euscarthmus inornatus


, 1868,

Rio Içana, right bank of upper Rio Negro, north-west Brazil


See H. zosterops. Formerly considered a race of H. margaritaceiventer; may be closest to H. minimus. Monotypic.


Locally on R Negro and tributaries and recently recorded also in Roraima (R Branco)#R and Pará#R, in N Brazil, and in C Suriname#R; probably also in adjacent Venezuela and Colombia.

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 7·7–9 g. Crown and upperparts are brownish-olive, lores and narrow eyering whitish; wings and tail dusky ­olive-brown, whitish edgings of flight-feathers,... read more


Stuttered trill, short set of rapidly delivered low, insect-like notes, “tid-dip, tid, te’de” with... read more


Inhabits tall to stunted, patchily distributed white-sand woodland (known locally as ... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Forages in low canopy and subcanopy, presumably making upward strikes similar to those of other members of genus.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. Locally common. Until recently, known only from a single 19th-century... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2019). Pelzeln's Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus inornatus). 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).