Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-fronted Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus latirostris)


French: Todirostre à front roux German: Rostzügel-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí frentirrojo

Euscarthmus latirostris


, 1868,

Borba, Rio Madeira, Amazonas, Brazil


Proposed form nattereri is a synonym of ochropterus. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. mituensis (Olivares, 1965) – E Colombia (around Mitú, in E Vaupés).
  • P. l. caniceps (Chapman, 1924) – S Colombia (Caquetá, Amazonas) E to NW Brazil (E to Japurá and Tefé) and S to E Ecuador and E Peru.
  • P. l. senectus (Griscom & Greenway, 1937) – N Brazil N of Amazon (NE Amazonas E to NW Pará).
  • P. l. latirostris (Pelzeln, 1868) – W Amazonian Brazil from upper R Juruá and R Purus E to Parintins.
  • P. l. austroriparius (Todd, 1952) – right bank of lower R Tapajós, in W Pará (Brazil).
  • P. l. mixtus (J. T. Zimmer, 1940) – SE Peru (from N Puno) S to NW Bolivia (La Paz, Beni, Cochabamba).
  • P. l. ochropterus (J. A. Allen, 1889) – S Brazil (Mato Grosso and Tocantins S to Mato Grosso do Sul and NW São Paulo).
  • Descriptive notes

    9·4–9·5 cm; 8·1–9 g. Nominate race has rusty-buff forehead and side of head, brownish-grey crown and neck, olive upperparts, dusky tail and wings, two ochra­... read more


    Frog-like call a short, dry, low-pitched rattled trill, “tik, trrrr, trrrr”, sometimes just the “... read more


    Dense thickets and overgrown shrubby tangles in undergrowth of young secondary growth, overgrown... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivore. Usually forages in pairs, not accompanying mixed flocks; uses short forward and upward sallies to catch insects in dense... read more


    Birds in breeding condition recorded in Jun. No other information.


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Common around Leticia, in extreme SE Colombia. Occurs in numerous national parks and other protected areas throughout its... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2019). Rusty-fronted Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus latirostris). 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 12 December 2019).