Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Sao Paulo Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes paulista)


French: Tyranneau de Sao Paulo German: Zwerglaubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito de Sao Paulo

[Phylloscartes] paulista

H. von Ihering and R. von Ihering

, 1907,

Fazenda Cayoá, São Paulo, Brazil




SE Brazil (SE Mato Grosso do Sul E to Espírito Santo, S to Santa Catarina), E Paraguay (Canindeyú S to Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 7–8 g. Olive above, crown same colour as back; narrow yellow supercilium extends well behind eye, then down to wrap around broad black auricular crescent; face... read more


Softly whistled “swee-eet”.


Humid tropical and upper tropical forest and forest borders, mainly below 500 m, occasionally to... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, almost always with mixed-species flocks (which often also contain Pogonotriccus eximius),... read more


Testes enlarged in Oct and not enlarged in Jan or Apr, season presumably Sept–Dec. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. Rare to uncommon. Found at relatively few sites. Global population probably... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Sao Paulo Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes paulista). 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 25 January 2020).