Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus minor)


Taxonomy

French: Tyranneau soufré German: Gelbbauch-Tachurityrann Spanish: Piojito azufre
Taxonomy:

Leptopogon minor

Taczanowski

, 1879,

Tambillo, Cajamarca, Peru

.

See M. calopterus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of W Venezuela (Táchira), and locally in E range in Colombia, E Ecuador (recorded from W slope in Carchi) and N Peru (S to Huánuco).

Descriptive notes

11·5–12 cm; 11 g. Parulid-like tyrannulet with bright yellow belly. Has thin white supercilium, blackish line through eye, greyish-white face fading to yellowish... read more

Voice

A series of weak, somewhat nasal, descending notes, “week-week-week-week” or “chew-chew-chew-chew... read more

Habitat

Humid montane forest, especially second growth and broken, patchy cloudforest, clearings with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; occasionally small fruits. Frequently joins mixed-species flocks. Forages actively, with horizontal posture, in outer foliage;... read more

Breeding

Juveniles in Jul in Ecuador and Aug–Nov in N Peru. No other information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common, perhaps often overlooked; possibly becomes more numerous to S. Seems to favour edge habitats; may be expanding range... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus minor). 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/57171 on 11 December 2019).