Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sierra de Lema Flycatcher (Mionectes roraimae)


French: Pipromorphe des tépuis German: Tepuipipratyrann Spanish: Mosquero de Sierra de Lema

Pipromorpha oleaginea roraimae

C. Chubb

, 1919,

Mt Roraima, Guyana


Until recently considered conspecific with M. macconnelli, but differs#R in its smaller size (effect size based on published data −1.69 for tail, score 1); fractionally darker rufous underparts (1); orange vs black mouth-lining (2); montane vs lowland forest#R (1); absence of intense dawn lek-like behaviour (1); well-differentiated song, a complex jangling rattle with no clear pause at first (at least 2), with notes reaching lower frequencies (ns [at least 2])#R; and common call a series of zipping notes, thinner, weaker and higher-pitched than single buzzy descending qerrr of macconnelli (3). Birds from Cerro de la Neblina (S Venezuela) named as race mercedesfosterae, but characters fall within range of variation of roraimae. Monotypic.

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Tepui region of S & SE Venezuela and Guyana, and recently found in adjacent N Brazil#R.

Descriptive notes

12·7–13·5 cm; 13 g. A typical Mionectes. Compared to formerly conspecific M. macconnelli, the present species is brighter greenish olive above, but darker... read more


Overall repertoire perhaps less varied than that of M macconnelli and calling rate... read more


Interior of humid forest with relatively open understorey, often on sandy soil or in rocky areas... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences between this species and M. macconnelli.


Almost unknown. In S Venezuela, in breeding condition on Cerro de la Neblina in Feb/Mar and on Serranía de Tapirapecó in Jan/Mar. In... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common. Recently recorded in N Brazil, at the Serra do Tapirapecó and Serra do Xamata (Amazonas state), both at... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sierra de Lema Flycatcher (Mionectes roraimae). 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).