Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Flycatcher (Leptopogon rufipectus)


French: Pipromorphe à poitrine rousse German: Rostbrust-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejero pechirrufo

Tyrannula rufipectus


, 1846,

Colombia [= “Bogota”]


Closest to L. taczanowskii. Birds from extreme NE of range described as race venezuelanus, but indistinguishable from populations farther S. Monotypic.


Locally in extreme SW Venezuela (Táchira), W, C & E Andes of Colombia (S Antioquia and Cundinamarca S to W Caquetá), E Andes of Ecuador and extreme N Peru (E Piura, W Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 13 g. Has crown slate-grey, lores and face mottled cinnamon rufous, rufous auricular patch bordered posteriorly by dusky crescent; upperparts dark olive; wings dusky,... read more


Loud, abrupt squeaky “spik” given 1–5 times, usually at intervals of at least 1 minute.


Humid upper montane wet forest, especially mossy cloudforest; occasionally ventures to forest edge... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; small fruits and berries may also be eaten. Inconspicuous; forages from shady perches in mid-storey and lower canopy; sits... read more


Not documented.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Fairly common at Hacienda La Providencia and near Bramón-Las Delicias pass, both in Venezuela, also at Finca Merenberg... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Rufous-breasted Flycatcher (Leptopogon rufipectus). 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 9 December 2019).