Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Subtropical Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis)


French: Doradite à ailes pointues German: Andensumpftyrann Spanish: Doradito oliváceo

Hapalocercus acutipennis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

“Peruvia alta”, Bogotá trade skin, Colombia


Individuals from S part of range appear to be larger than those in N; further study needed. Investigation of vocalizations may reveal that this taxon represents several cryptic species#R. Monotypic.


Very locally in Andes from Colombia (C range) S to NW Argentina (La Rioja, mountains of Córdoba and recently found in extreme NE Buenos Aires#R); also lowlands in WC Paraguay; non-breeding visitor to SE Peru, NE & E Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 7–10 g. Male is uniformly bright olive-green above, with elongated crown feathers forming short, shaggy crest; wings olive-brown, feathers lightly edged with... read more


A series of buzzy, irregularly produced introductory notes followed by short nasal snort, “... read more


Reedbeds, marshes, moist sedge (Cyperaceae) pastures, and brush near water on hills and mountains... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages singly or in family groups, usually remaining low and quiet under cover, occasionally perching atop grassy vegetation.... read more


Dec–Apr in Bolivian highlands. Wing “whirr” during brief flight display, most likely produced by incised primaries. Deep... read more


Many populations appear to be migratory, with records of presumed migrants N to S Amazonian Brazil... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in N part of range, Red-listed in Colombia (“Vulnerable”) and Ecuador (“Near Threatened”); fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Bostwick, K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Subtropical Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis). 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).