Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Planalto Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias fasciatus)


French: Tyranneau fascié German: Planaltokleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito oliváceo

P[ipra]. fasciata


, 1822,

Jaguacara, Bahia, Brazil


Anatomical evidence suggests that this species may be closest to P. griseocapilla and P. griseiceps. See also P. weedeni. Form cearae may be a separate species#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. cearae Hellmayr, 1927 – Ceara Tyrannulet – NE Brazil (Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte S to Sergipe).
  • P. f. fasciatus (Thunberg, 1822) – Planalto Tyrannulet – E Brazil (E Pará, Maranhão and W Bahia S to S Mato Grosso and S Goiás) and extreme NE Bolivia (Santa Cruz).
  • P. f. brevirostris (Spix, 1825) – SE Brazil (Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm. Dull, very small-billed tyrannulet. Nominate race is greyish-olive to brownish-olive above, darker grey on crown; supraloral stripe and eyering whitish;... read more


    Calls frequently, a soft, leisurely whistle usually of three syllables of same length but gently... read more


    Humid tropical evergreen forest, less often semi-deciduous woodland and gallery forest; sea-level... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, also small fruits. Forages singly or in pairs, rather high in canopy, tail held partially cocked; often with mixed-species flocks... read more


    Sept–Feb, nest found in Nov, in SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul). Group display involves 3–4 or more individuals nervously hopping... read more


    Apparently present only in austral summer (Sept–Mar/Apr) in SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul),... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common in much of its relatively large range. Occurs in several protected areas, including Noel Kempff Mercado National Park... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Planalto Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias fasciatus). 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 18 January 2020).