Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Attila (Attila phoenicurus)


French: Attila à queue rousse German: Graukopf-Attilatyrann Spanish: Atila cabecigrís

Attila phoenicurus


, 1868,

Mato Dentro, São Paulo, Brazil


Formerly placed in a monotypic genus, Pseudattila. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Rio de Janeiro S to Rio Grande do Sul), probably also in NE Argentina (Misiones) and E Paraguay; migrants widely scattered in Paraguay, E Bolivia, C Brazil and N to S Venezuela during austral winter.

Descriptive notes

17·6–18 cm; 32·3–34·5 g. Dark eye, dark brown to blackish bill shorter and rounder than in other attilas, usually with small white area at... read more


Far-carrying and loud song “bee-bi, béé-bit” whistle, persistently repeated; also sonorous mewing “... read more


Humid and mature secondary forest and edge, at least in some areas in Araucaria-dominated... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds from understorey up to canopy.


No information.


Migrates during austral winter in NW direction into C & N South America; once observed as far N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally common; perhaps often overlooked. Limits of breeding range imperfectly known. Particularly numerous in the Serro do... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2020). Rufous-tailed Attila (Attila phoenicurus). 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 19 January 2020).