Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Slender-billed Tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris)


French: Tyranneau à bec fin German: Olivbraun-Tachurityrann Spanish: Piojito picofino
Other common names: Slender-billed Inezia

Camptostoma pusillum tenuirostris


, 1913,

Río Aurare, Venezuela


Perhaps merits monotypic genus, or its relationships may lie elsewhere in family. Monotypic.


Desert regions of extreme NE Colombia (NE Magdalena, Guajira) and NW Venezuela (Zulia, Falcón, Lara, Yaracuy).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 5–6 g. Tiny, nondescript desert tyrannulet with needle-like bill. Has narrow eyering and narrow supercilium white; crown and upperparts greyish-olive, wings dusky... read more


Long, dry trill trailing off and fading at end; also whistled “teer-téér-teer-... read more


Dry thorn-scrub, arid woodlands, tall Acacia-dominated arroyos, cactus desert with tall... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also berries and small fruits. Usually alone or in pairs, rarely joins mixed-species flocks. Forages actively at all levels in... read more


Not documented.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Caribbean Colombia and Venezuela EBA. Fairly common to common. Common in lowland scrub W of Santa Marta Mts and... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Slender-billed Tyrannulet (Inezia tenuirostris). 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 8 December 2019).