Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Smoky-fronted Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus fumifrons)


French: Todirostre à front gris German: Graustirn-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí frentigrís

Todirostrum fumifrons


, 1853,

Bahia, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. penardi (Hellmayr, 1905) – Suriname and French Guiana; in Venezuela, recently found (probably this race) in SE Bolívar#R and an old record exists from Serranía de Unturán, in S Amazonas#R.
  • P. f. fumifrons (Hartlaub, 1853) – lower Amazonian & NE Brazil (C Pará E to S Maranhão and NE Mato Grosso, and coastal region from Paraíba S to N Bahia).
  • Descriptive notes

    9 cm; 6–7·2 g. Has smoky-grey forehead, olive crown, dull buffish-white supraloral and ocular region; olive upperparts, blackish tail and wings, two prominent buff-... read more


    Almost toneless low rattling “kerrr” trill, repeated 5–6 times in quick succession if... read more


    Dense shrubs and thickets in forest edge and overgrown pastures and clearings, also low bushes in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivore; recorded prey include coleopterans (Halticinae), hymenopterans, dipterans. Usually forages in pairs, using short sallies to... read more


    A nest in Tocantins state contained two nestlings in Mar; it was a closed bag, with a lateral entrance, suspended from tip of branch at c.... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to uncommon. In Surinam, fairly common along airstrip at Raleigh Falls Nature Park and occurs also in Sipaliwini Savanna Nature... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2019). Smoky-fronted Tody-flycatcher (Poecilotriccus fumifrons). 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).