Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Rufous Twistwing (Cnipodectes superrufus)


French: Tyranneau roux German: Rötel-Drehschwingentyrann Spanish: Mosquero rufo

Cnipodectes superrufus

Lane et al.

, 2007,

Río Manu at Pakitza, 350 m, Madre de Dios, Peru


Despite extensive ornithological research in SE Peru, this distinctive new species had escaped notice until recently#R, suggesting that it may be limited to larger forest blocks dominated by bamboo (Guadua), a poorly surveyed habitat. Its taxonomic status as a full species is underscored by a unique vocal repertoire and some range overlap with C. subbrunneus, its sister-species#R. Monotypic.


SW Amazonia in S Peru (S Ucayali, Cuzco and Madre de Dios) and adjacent W Brazil (Acre) and NW Bolivia (Pando).

Descriptive notes

18·4–24 cm; 35–42 g. A fairly large tyrant-flycatcher with broad, flat bill, prominent rictal bristles, fairly long squared tail, and shaggy rufous plumage... read more


A loud and rapid, non-stereotyped series of 2–14 scolding notes, similar to call of Sulphur-... read more


A specialist inhabitant of understorey of Guadua bamboo forest, but recorded also in river... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, chiefly insects. Sallies from fairly open perches in lower strata of forest. Gleans insect prey from bamboo foliage.


Has a polygamous mating system. No further information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Generally scarce or difficult to locate; some very large bamboo areas may hold significant populations. Although fairly widespread, this species occurs at low... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. (2020). Rufous Twistwing (Cnipodectes superrufus). 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 26 January 2020).