Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris)


Taxonomy

French: Tyran tigré German: Nord-Fleckenmaskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo ventriazufrado
Taxonomy:

Myiodynastes luteiventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico

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Analyses of plumage/syringeal morphology and molecular data suggest that present species is sister to M. maculatus (with solitarius), and that the two are sister-group to a clade consisting of M. hemichrysus and M. chrysocephalus. Specimens S from Guatemala apparently have smaller bill and heavier streaking on chest and throat than birds from Mexico, but differences are too inconstant to warrant subspecific separation. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW USA (mountains in S Arizona), Mexico (S on both slopes from Sonora, E Nuevo León and Tamaulipas), Guatemala and Belize S to Costa Rica. Winters in E Ecuador, E Peru, extreme W Brazil (along R Juruá, in Acre) and Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 45 g. Has greyish-olive crown, becoming more hoary grey or greyish-white on forehead, golden-yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed); whitish supercilium and... read more

Voice

Variety of high-pitched, forceful, quarrelsome-sounding and squeaky whistled phrases, including... read more

Habitat

Canopy and edges of humid forest (both terra firme and várzea on wintering... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also eats considerable quantities of berries and arillate seeds (e.g. of Bursera and Trichilia), especially on... read more

Breeding

Nests with eggs in Apr–Jun. Nest cup-shaped, composed primarily of small twigs, dry inflorescences and leaf petioles and rachises,... read more

Movements

Migratory; winters in South America in W & SW Amazonia, from Ecuador S to Bolivia. Leaves... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in most of breeding range. Fairly common in non-breeding range (e.g. in Peru). Occurs in several protected areas in both parts of range... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. & de Juana, E. (2019). Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57470 on 21 May 2019).