Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias plumbeiceps)


French: Tyranneau plombé German: Graukronen-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito coroniplomizo

Pogonotriccus plumbeiceps


, 1869,

“Bogotá”, Colombia


Long placed in Oreotriccus, originally by itself and later with P. griseocapilla. Monotypic.


Locally in Andes from NC Colombia (W, C & E cordilleras) S along E slopes of E Ecuador to S Peru (S to N Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm. Plumage is bright olive above, with crown grey contrasting sharply with back; loral spot and narrow supercilium white, dark facial crescent bordered posteriorly by... read more


Series of short, harsh notes, having quality of ovenbird (Furnariidae) voice, given at long... read more


Humid montane forest, especially wet, mossy cloudforest, at 1200–2200 m.

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Insects and small fruits. Forages singly or in pairs, usually with mixed-species flocks. Perch-gleans or makes short hover-... read more


Not documented.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common; probably often overlooked. Occurs in Tambito Nature Reserve (Cauca) and Ucumarí Regional Park, both in Colombia, and... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias plumbeiceps). 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 8 December 2019).