Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufescent Flycatcher (Myiophobus rufescens)


French: Moucherolle rufescent German: Orangebauch-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero rojizo

Myiobius rufescens


, 1864,

Brazil; error = Lima, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. fasciatus and M. crypterythrus, but differs from latter in characters given under that species, and from former in its pale rufous unstreaked vs brown-streaked breast (3); pale rufous vs buffy throat and belly (3); and structurally different daytime song (with usually two birds in asynchronous duet), trill seemingly lacking an initial long note (at least 1) and number of notes on average higher (at least 1)#R. Monotypic.


Coastal W Peru (S from Lambayeque) and extreme N Chile (W Arica).

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm. Small, upright-perching tyrant-flycatcher with warm brownish upperparts, peachy-buff cinnamon underparts, two buff wingbars and wing-panel, short warm buff... read more


Daytime song is a slow trill lasting c. 1 second (dawn song apparently undescribed); compared to... read more


Forest edge, second growth and weedy pastures, as well as taller desert scrub; from sea-level to... read more

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably very similar to M. fasciatus.


No data.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relatively small range. Fairly common in W Peru. Considered rare in Chile, where confined desert oasis valleys in extreme N of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rufescent Flycatcher (Myiophobus rufescens). 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).