Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Streamer-tailed Tyrant (Gubernetes yetapa)


French: Moucherolle yétapa German: Kehlband-Schleppentyrann Spanish: Yetapá grande

Muscicapa yetapa


, 1818,

Río Plata, Paraguay




NW Bolivia (upper R Beni) and SC Brazil (S Mato Grosso, extreme S Bahia S to W Rio Grande do Sul) S to E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Chaco, Corrientes, Misiones).

Descriptive notes

35–38 cm; 42 cm (including tail). Male has pale grey forecrown and supercilium; above, mostly pale grey with dark brown shaft streaks; wings blackish, patch of cinnamon... read more


Call a harsh “wurreep”, repeated multiple times when hovering over foraging area; also... read more


Buriti palm groves, damp grasslands and marshy terrain near streams, always with some shrubbery... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists of insects. Usually in pairs, less often small family groups, perching conspicuously atop bushes and low trees, often at... read more


Breeding period apparently Oct–Jan in Brazil, where fledglings recorded Nov–Jan. Pairs displaying in Jul. During duetting... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Relatively common at Beni Biosphere Reserve, in Bolivia, and also occurs in San Rafael, San Luis... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Streamer-tailed Tyrant (Gubernetes yetapa). 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 10 December 2019).