Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Suiriri Flycatcher (Suiriri suiriri)


French: Tyranneau suiriri German: Grauscheitel-Olivtyrann Spanish: Fiofío suirirí

Muscicapa suiriri


, 1818,

Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay


Recent work has shown that S. affinis is the correct name for what in HBW was called S. islerorum; new name (burmeisteri) therefore required for the race of present species previously labelled as affinis#R. Races burmeisteri and bahiae together sometimes treated as a separate species, but former intergrades broadly with nominate in Bolivia; latter suspected by some to be of hybrid origin, following secondary contact of burmeisteri with a hypothetical remnant population of ancestral suiriri in NE Brazil. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. burmeisteri Kirwan et al., 2014 – Suriname, N, E & S Brazil (Amapá, W Pará, S Amazonas and from Maranhão, Piauí and W Bahia S to most of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo), N Bolivia (Beni) and NE Paraguay.
  • S. s. bahiae (Berlepsch, 1893) – NE Brazil (Paraíba, Pernambuco, NE Bahia).
  • S. s. suiriri (Vieillot, 1818) – E & S Bolivia, Paraguay, N & E Argentina (S to Río Negro), adjacent S Brazil and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    15·5–16 cm; 11·5–16 g (nominate), 18·5–21 g (burmeisteri). Nominate race is mostly grey on crown and back, small white... read more


    Paired male and female of race burmeisteri give different songs in simultaneous duets,... read more


    Chaco and open woodland; to 3000 m all year in Bolivian Andes. Race burmeisteri restricted... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; also small fruits, e.g. of Curatella americana. Perch-gleans items directly from leaf and branch surfaces, hover-... read more


    Oct–Dec in Argentina. Cup-nest constructed of wool, spiderwebs and lichen, external diameter 7 cm, internal diameter 4 cm, height 4... read more


    Some post-breeding movement to lowland areas in E Bolivia. Nominate race recorded during Aug in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in numerous protected areas, including: Sipaliwini Savanna Nature Reserve, in Surinam; Noel Kempff Mercado National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Robbins, M. (2019). Suiriri Flycatcher (Suiriri suiriri). 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 14 December 2019).