Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Russet-winged Spadebill (Platyrinchus leucoryphus)


French: Platyrhynque à ailes rousses German: Rostflügel-Spatelschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano alirrufo

Platyrinchos leucoryphus


, 1831,

Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil




SE Brazil (Paraná and São Paulo E to C Espírito Santo, S to NE Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul) and adjacent E Paraguay (Canindeyú S to Paraguarí, Caazapá and Itapúa) and extreme NE Argentina (Iguazú National Park and Salto Encantado Provincial Park, in N Misiones).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 17 g. Largest spadebill. Has olive-brown crown with semi-concealed white coronal patch; bold facial pattern created by pale buff-white to yellowish supraloral spot,... read more


Song a weak, thin, buzzy trill, “bzee-eee-eép”, pattern similar to that of P. mystaceus;... read more


Undergrowth of humid forest and medium levels of mature second growth, both in coastal mountains... read more

Food and feeding

Eats small arthropods. Adult seen to take green katydids (Tettigoniidae), and nestlings observed while being fed with katydids, cockroaches... read more


Sept–Nov. Cup-shaped nest, outer wall composed of fragments of dry leaves (bamboo leaves in Paraguay) interwoven with fibrous lichens... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Rare, and possibly local. Formerly listed as Vulnerable; recent change in conservation status based on accounts of an... read more

Recommended citation

Tello, J. & de Juana, E. (2019). Russet-winged Spadebill (Platyrinchus leucoryphus). 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 13 November 2019).