Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris)


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

Myiodynastes luteiventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico


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.


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).