Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ruddy Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus russatus)


French: Todirostre roussâtre German: Rostgesicht-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí bermejo

Euscarthmus russatus

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Mount Roraima, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], Venezuela




Tepuis of SE Venezuela (SE Bolívar) and adjacent areas in W Guyana and N Brazil.

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·2 cm; 6·5–8·3 g. Male has cinnamon-rufous forehead, sooty-black crown; otherwise dark olive above, two cinnamon-rufous wingbars, greenish-yellow edges of... read more


Call a weak dull “tsuk, sick, tr’r’r’r’r’­r’r’r’r”, sometimes followed by 2–3 shorter... read more


Dense thickets at edge of humid and wet mossy forest and undergrowth of older second growth, often... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivore. Feeds mostly in pairs, usually not with mixed flocks; makes short forward and upward sallies to catch insects in dense... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Uncommon to common. In Venezuela, fairly common at edge of stunted woodland on Sierra de Lema and... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Ruddy Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus russatus). 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).