Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Southern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes solitarius)


French: Tyran solitaire German: Dunkel-Fleckenmaskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo rayado meridional

Tyrannus solitarius


, 1819,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. maculatus, but differs in its greatly reduced ochre-rufous in overall plumage#R, including on edges of wings and tail (2); much broader and deeper (blackish vs dark brown) streaking on upperparts and underparts, turning crown and tail largely black (2); a five-note dawn song in which last note is low-pitched and rising vs high-pitched and rising (3); and a daytime call consisting of an upslurred “quit” vs an overslurred “kuk” (much greater maximum frequency in former: 4)#R. Apparent intermediate forms from N Brazil (S Amazonas) merit investigation, but do not affect this revised status. Monotypic.


CE & SE Peru and C & E Brazil S to E Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina (S to La Rioja, San Luis, La Pampa and N Buenos Aires) and Uruguay; S populations migrate N.

Descriptive notes

19·5–23 cm; 36·5–55·4 g. A large, boldly streaked tyrant-flycatcher with brown upperparts streaked dusky, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, whitish supercilium, blackish... read more


Variety of rather loud and raucous calls, most commonly a harsh and sharp nasal “chup”, “eéchup”, “... read more


Evergreen to semi-deciduous forest, open second-growth woodland and gallery forest, edges and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour largely identical to those of previously conspecific M. maculatus, although migrants are reported to... read more


Season Oct–Nov in C Brazil, Nov in Paraguay, from Sept in SE Brazil, Nov–Jan in Argentina; in breeding condition in extreme S Brazil (Rio... read more


Mainly migratory, spending non-breeding period (mostly Apr–Sept) E of Andes N to E Colombia, S... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. Has very large range, within which it occurs in numerous national parks and many other protected areas.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Southern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes solitarius). 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 11 December 2019).