Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Plain Tyrannulet (Inezia inornata)


French: Tyranneau terne German: Grauscheitel-Tachurityrann Spanish: Piojito picudo
Other common names: Plain Inezia

Serpophaga inornata


, 1897,

San Francisco, Tarija, Bolivia


In past, long placed in Serpophaga. Monotypic.


C Bolivia (S Beni) and adjacent SW Brazil (SW Mato Grosso, W Mato Grosso do Sul) S to N Paraguay and NW Argentina (Salta, W Formosa). In winter also N to SE Peru and SW Amazonian Brazil.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 5·5–6 g. Has thin whitish supercilium, and greyish to olive-grey crown and upperparts; wings dusky, with two thin wingbars and outer edges of inner... read more


A somewhat musical series of thin whistles with emphatic introductory note, “psee-tee-ee-ee-... read more


Inhabits deciduous and semi-deciduous woodland, Chaco, and forest borders; in non-breeding season,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; probably some fruit. Usually alone or in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-species flocks. Forages actively in dense foliage, often... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads in Nov in Bolivia. No other information.


Apparently present in Peru, Brazil and N Bolivia (N of 17° S) only in austral winter, suggesting... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status not well known; apparently uncommon. Has been recorded in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve and Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, in... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Plain Tyrannulet (Inezia inornata). 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 12 December 2019).