Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Slender-footed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius gracilipes)


French: Tyranneau à petits pieds German: Schlankfuß-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito patifino

Tyranniscus gracilipes

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Pebas, Peru


Until recently considered conspecific with Z. acer (which see). Race gilvus differs somewhat from nominate in having shorter and different-shaped notes in daytime call#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. g. gracilipes (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868) – SE Venezuela (Bolívar, Amazonas), extreme E Colombia (Vichada S to Amazonas), NW Brazil (Amazonas), E Ecuador and NE Peru (Loreto).
  • Z. g. gilvus (J. T. Zimmer, 1941) – W & S Amazonian Brazil (Amazonas S to Rondônia and N Mato Grosso, E to R Negro and R Tapajós), C & SE Peru and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and N Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm; 6·6–9·5 g. Nominate race has narrow whitish supraloral stripe and short supercilium, dark eyestripe, grey forehead and crown, dull... read more


    Most often heard is a single soft “chwit” or “what?”, repeated slowly,... read more


    Tropical to premontane humid forest (including both terra firme and várzea),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; also small fruits, especially of mistletoe (Loranthaceae). Forages extremely high in forest canopy, thus difficult to observe;... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Jun in S Colombia and Aug–Dec in SE Peru; nest 12 m above ground with two quite large nestlings in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common; often overlooked, encountered mainly by voice. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Slender-footed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius gracilipes). 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).