Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris)


French: Pipromorphe à tête grise German: Schieferkappen-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejero coronigrís

L[eptopogon]. superciliaris


, 1844,

Montaña of Vitoc, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. albidiventer (which see). Most populations show extraordinary individual variation (especially in wingbar colour), even at a single locality, and most named races cannot be distinguished from one another, e.g. hellmayri (Costa Rica and W Panama), transandinus (E Panama to W Ecuador), poliocephalus (C & E Andes of Colombia), venezuelensis (N Venezuela) and pariae (extreme NE Venezuela and Trinidad). Monotypic.


Mountains of Costa Rica and Panama, Colombia (all three cordilleras), Venezuela–Colombia border (Sierra de Perijá), N Venezuela (Andes and Coastal Range, and Paria Peninsula), Trinidad, Ecuador (both slopes) and E Peru (S to Ayacucho).

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; 9·5–14·8 g. Adult is dark olive above, crown slaty grey; lores and narrow supercilium white, face and auricular patch mottled whitish,... read more


Despite a fairly extensive vocabulary, the most frequently heard vocalization (presumed to be... read more


Middle storey to lower canopy of mid-elevation, humid montane forest and foothills, second-growth... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; also small fruit and berries. Forages in rather open but shady perches under forest canopy; often joins mixed-species flocks in... read more


Poorly documented; breeds in Mar in Costa Rica (nest with small young), nestbuilding in early Jan in E Panama, Feb–Jun in NC... read more


Resident; may descend to slightly lower elevations during cold months.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally common, for example in Peru. Probably locally extinct wherever deforestation has been intense, e.g. in lowland forest... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Slaty-capped Flycatcher (Leptopogon superciliaris). 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 24 February 2020).