Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-lored Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes flaviventris)


French: Tyranneau masqué German: Rostzügel-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito amarillo

Leptotriccus flaviventris

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1897,

Mérida, Venezuela


Forms a species-group with P. parkeri, and perhaps also P. nigrifrons, P. superciliaris, P. roquettei and P. sylviolus. Monotypic.


N Venezuela in Yaracuy and Coastal Range from W Carabobo E to Distrito Federal, also interior Miranda (Cerro Negro); reported in past also from Mérida, but probably erroneously.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 8 g. Plumage is dark olive above, crown slightly darker than back; prominent rufous forehead and supraloral stripe, becoming yellow stripe behind eye, bordered below... read more


A short, rapid series of high, thin notes, “tseep-tseep-tseep”, sometimes ending with more emphatic... read more


Montane evergreen forest, often venturing to forest edges and montane roadcuts bordered by tall... read more

Food and feeding

Insects recorded in diet. Almost always forages in pairs or small family parties, in mixed-species flocks. Forages very actively, in middle... read more


No confirmed data; family groups observed in Feb.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Guatopo and Henri Pittier National Parks (especially numerous around Rancho Grande and Maracay-Choroní... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Rufous-lored Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes flaviventris). 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 21 January 2020).