Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Shear-tailed Grey Tyrant (Muscipipra vetula)


French: Moucherolle à queue-de-pie German: Kerbschwanztyrann Spanish: Viudita coluda

M[uscicapa]. vetula

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

São Paulo, Brazil




CE & SE Brazil (S Bahia, C Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

22·5 cm. Plumage is mostly rather dull dark grey; dusky auriculars forming a weak mask, faint streaking on crown and back; wings and tail dusky blackish; long, slender tail... read more


Usually silent; occasionally utters a “pup-pup-pup” or a disyllabic whistle, “jew-bewt”.


Inhabits borders of humid and montane forest and secondary woodland; to a lesser extent, moves out... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually in pairs, less often in groups of up to 5–6 birds. Usually hunts near canopy, perching on high exposed branches;... read more


Nov in Rio Grande do Sul. Nest is a tall, open cup made of coarse grass and twigs, covered with dry moss and lined with fine grass, less... read more


Resident, but little known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon. Regular in Intervales State Park and common at forest borders and in canopy in Patrimônio Natural do Caraça Special Reserve, both... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Shear-tailed Grey Tyrant (Muscipipra vetula). 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 11 December 2019).