Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ringed Antpipit (Corythopis torquatus)


French: Corythopis à collier German: Brustbandtyrann Spanish: Mosquero terrestre norteño

Corythopis torquata


, 1844,

Chanchamayo Valley, Junín, Peru


Close to C. delalandi (see below). Races intergrade broadly, and individual variation pronounced; proposed race subtorquatus, described from two specimens (one of each sex) from Amazonian region of N Bolivia, indistinguishable from nominate, based on scrutiny of larger series of specimens from same region and adjacent SE Peru. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. sarayacuensis C. Chubb, 1918 – Amazon Basin in SE Colombia, E Ecuador and NE Peru.
  • C. t. anthoides (Pucheran, 1855) – Amazon and S Orinoco Basins in S Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil (E to N Maranhão, S to N Goiás, N Mato Grosso and Rondônia).
  • C. t. torquatus Tschudi, 1844 – Amazon Basin in EC & SE Peru, W Brazil (E to R Madeira) and N Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–14 cm; 15–18 g. Distinctive, ground-walking tyrannid of the forest floor. Nominate race has rather dull greyish-brown crown, faint whitish loral and... read more


    Most commonly a deliberately delivered, descending, clear 2-note whistle, “peeew prayeur... read more


    Humid tropical evergreen forest, both terra firme and seasonally flooded forest or swamp-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; occasionally lizards and frogs. Of 61 prey items found in analysis of stomach contents from SE Peru, beetles (Coleoptera)... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Apr–May in S Venezuela, Nov–Dec in E Amazonian Brazil and Aug–Dec in SE Peru. Nest a large... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its reasonably large range. Much of this species’... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Ringed Antpipit (Corythopis torquatus). 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).