Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Southern Antpipit (Corythopis delalandi)


French: Corythopis de Delalande German: Schwarzbrusttyrann Spanish: Mosquero terrestre sureño

Muscicapa delalandi


, 1831,

#R, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Close to C. torquatus, and perhaps conspecific, but ranges apparently overlap in C Brazil (upper R Xingu drainage); moreover, differs in its olive vs slaty-olive head sides and upperparts (2); olive vs olive-grey crown (2); narrow olive vs broad grey flanks; paler upper mandible (ns[1]); slightly shorter wing and tail (allow 1); and song phrase longer and with more whistles (1). Monotypic.

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E Bolivia (E Santa Cruz), S Brazil (S Mato Grosso, S Goiás, S Maranhão, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to NW Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones, NE Corrientes); recently found also in Austral Yungas of Bolivia (S Santa Cruz, Tarija) and Argentina (Salta)#R.

Descriptive notes

13·5–14 cm, 14–18 g. Distinctive, ground-walking tyrannid of the forest floor. Has olive upperparts, crown slightly greyer, faint whitish loral and post... read more


Most commonly a deliberately delivered, descending, clear 6-note whistle, “peee prayeur, pi-... read more


Humid tropical lowland forest and secondary woodland; sea-level to 1000 m, mainly below 800 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; occasionally lizards and frogs. One stomach contained six beetles (of family Tenebrionidae). Forages alone; does not accompany... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Nov in Bolivia and Oct–Dec in Argentina. Nest a well-camouflaged oven-shaped dome, 8·4 cm high, 15·6... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Caaguazú, San Rafael, San Luis and Ybycuí National Parks, all in Paraguay, and Brasília,... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Southern Antpipit (Corythopis delalandi). 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).