Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (Myiobius sulphureipygius)


French: Barbichon à croupion jaune German: Schwefelbürzelbekarde Spanish: Moscareta culiamarilla

Tyrannula sulphureipygia

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. barbatus#R, but appears to have a distinctive, very short, high main call, “spik!”, which, if present in M. barbatus, is evidently not a main call#R; further research needed. Race aureatus thought by some perhaps to be a separate species, but call identical to that of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. sulphureipygius (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – SE Mexico (from S Veracruz and N Oaxaca) S on Caribbean slope to NW Honduras.
  • M. s. aureatus Bangs, 1908 – NE Honduras S on Caribbean slope, and locally on Pacific slope in Costa Rica and Panama, to Pacific lowlands of W Colombia and W Ecuador (W Loja); recently recorded in NW Peru (Tumbes)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13·5 cm; 12 g. Large eyes, prominent long rictal bristles. Nominate race has crown, nape and back dark olive, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, paler loral region... read more


    A “psik” call, often while foraging. Song a clear series of 4–6 “tschew” notes or “tseuu... read more


    Shady understorey and low to middle levels of humid forest, terra firme forest, gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; diet probably similar to that of M. villosus. Singly or in pairs; often accompanies mixed-species flocks. Active... read more


    Mar–Jun in Costa Rica. Female constructs a messy, bell-shaped or pyriform nest of fine brown plant fibres, often suspended over... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common, and widely distributed. Quite local in certain areas owing to deforestation (e.g. Chiriquí, in Panama). Occurs in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2020). Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (Myiobius sulphureipygius). 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 17 January 2020).