Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rough-legged Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias burmeisteri)


French: Tyranneau pattu German: Burmeisterkleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito de Burmeister

P[hyllomyias]. Burmeisteri

Cabanis and Heine

, 1860,

#R, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Along with P. zeledoni, long placed in Acrochordopus because of distinctively serrated tarsus, but tarsal scutellation now known to be unreliable as generic character in this family. Usually treated as conspecific with P. zeledoni, but differs in its olive-green vs dull bluish-grey crown (or, in case of P. z. viridiceps, forecrown) (3); lack of white supercilium (2); and typical song or call (a repeated single overslurred “pseet”) comprising considerably lower (3) and slightly shorter (1) notes#R. Monotypic.

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E Andes of Bolivia (S from La Paz) and N Argentina (S to Tucumán), also locally in E & SE Brazil (SE Bahia to N Rio Grande do Sul), SE Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

12·4–12·6 cm; 11–14 g. Olive above, crown slightly darker olive, forehead olive, narrow loral streak white; wings dusky, two wingbars and edges of... read more


Easily heard, high-pitched, repeated whistles, “psee-psee-psee-psee”, on same pitch or... read more


Humid tropical and upper tropical evergreen forest, sometimes venturing to edges and older second... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods (including caterpillars) and small berries. Stomach contents of one collected in São Paulo were insects, mainly... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads in Oct and Dec in Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) and late Nov in Bolivia (Chuquisaca), and observed apparently... read more


Usually considered to be resident, but in SE Brazil present in Rio de Janeiro only in austral... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to locally common, but apparently rare and very local in Bolivia, where known from comparatively few records;... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rough-legged Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias burmeisteri). 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 11 December 2019).