Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon ruficauda)


French: Tyran rougequeue German: Rostschwanz-Flachschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano colirrufo

Platyrhynchus ruficauda


, 1825,

“in sylvis fluminis Amazonum” = apparently mouth of Rio Madeira, Brazil


Formerly placed in Rhynchocyclus. Monotypic.


Entire Amazon–Orinoco Basin, including SE Colombia, S & E Venezuela (N to NE Monagas), the Guianas, NE Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia, and Amazonian Brazil.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 17–22·5 g. Brown eye, flat black bill with basal third of lower mandible whitish, grey legs. Plumage is dark olive above; narrow whitish to yellowish... read more


Song a soft drawn-out mournful whistle, “weeeaaaweeee”, sometimes followed by shorter, lower-... read more


Usually found in relatively open middle storey and undergrowth of humid terra firme or... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, e.g. lepidopterans, hemipterans (including homopteran and heteropteran bugs), coleopterans, dipterans; also fruit. Usually alone... read more


Nest, eggs and nestlings in Aug in Peru; female with shell-less egg in oviduct in Oct in Surinam; nestling fledged in early Aug in Amazonas... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Has relatively large range within which much of its habitat is in reasonably good condition. Occurs in many national... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. & de Juana, E. (2019). Rufous-tailed Flatbill (Ramphotrigon ruficauda). 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).