Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-webbed Bush-tyrant (Polioxolmis rufipennis)


French: Pépoaza à ailes rousses German: Rostspiegel-Buschtyrann Spanish: Birro alirrufo

Muscisaxicola rufipennis


, 1874,

Maraynioc, Peru


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. rufipennis (Taczanowski, 1874) – Andes of Peru (S from S Amazonas, Cajamarca and Lambayeque to Cuzco and Arequipa), W Bolivia (NW Oruro) and N Chile (Arica).
  • P. r. bolivianus Fjeldså, 1990 – Andes of SE Peru (Puno), Bolivia and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–21·5 cm. Nominate race is uniform ashy grey above, pale grey or whitish supercilium and black eyeline; remiges cinnamon at base with dark tips, most extensive on... read more


    Call a high-pitched “tree”, given throughout day; alarm similar, but shorter.


    Semi-arid montane slopes near timber-line, especially grassland with cacti, low woodlands and low... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually singly or in pairs; conspicuous. Prefers perches on bushes, low trees or cliffs when hunting. Drops from perch to capture... read more


    In Peru, nesting in late Dec (Puno) and fledgling in Feb (An­cash). Performs a hovering-gliding display 10–12 m above ground.... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Appears to be generally rather rare, though locally fairly common. Recent information suggest that the species may be extending its range southwards... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Rufous-webbed Bush-tyrant (Polioxolmis rufipennis). 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 10 December 2019).