Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus calopterus)


French: Tyranneau à ailes rousses German: Rotschwingen-Tachurityrann Spanish: Piojito alirrufo

Formicivora caloptera

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador


Syringeal characters suggest that this species and M. minor may be related to Phyllomyias, in particular to Tyranniscus group (See P. nigrocapillus). Monotypic.


Andes of W & SE Ecuador (S from Imbabura and Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (S to Lambayeque and San Martín).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10–11 g. Small parulid-like tyrannulet with rufous on flight-feathers. Has conspicuous white super­cilium, broad black line through eye and auriculars,... read more


Husky 2-note call, “pur-chee”, sometimes with additional notes, “pur-chee, chi-... read more


Humid montane forest, deciduous forest, clearings with scattered trees, and plantations; 400–... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages alone or in pairs, often with mixed-species flocks. Behaviour like that of parulid warbler, actively flits through outer... read more


No information.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon; apparently more numerous on W Andean slopes than on E ones. In Ecuador, occurs in Macquipucuna Reserve, Río Palenque Science Centre... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Rufous-winged Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus calopterus). 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).