Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Sulphury Flycatcher (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)


French: Tyran des palmiers German: Schwefelbauch-Maskentyrann Spanish: Tirano palmero

Muscicapa sulphurea


, 1825,

Manaus, Rio Negro, Brazil




E Colombia (S from Meta and Vaupés), E & S Venezuela (SE Sucre S to Delta Amacuro, Bolívar and Amazonas), Trinidad and the Guianas S to E Ecuador (primarily R Napo and R Aguarico, but certainly more widespread), E Peru (Loreto, Ucayali, recorded also Madre de Dios), NW & E Bolivia (Pando, NE Santa Cruz), and Amazonian Brazil (E to Maranhão, S to Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Goiás and Tocantins); recently recorded in Brazil outside Amazon Basin in N Mato Grosso do Sul#R, E Goiás and W Minas Gerais#R.

Descriptive notes

19–20·3 cm; 54 g. Has head mostly dusky grey, orange-yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed), darker grey on side of head, indistinct whitish supercilium, more blackish... read more


Often rather noisy and excitable, especially early and late in day (but can remain silent for long... read more


Borders of humid forest, savannas, pastures and agricultural areas, also in towns where groves of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also some fruit, and observed to eat Virola arils. Usually solitary, often in pairs, sometimes in small family groups.... read more


Apr in Trinidad; birds in breeding condition in Feb and Apr in Colombia (NE Meta). Nest round and cup-shaped, rather frail, loosely... read more


Not well known; generally regarded as resident, with no apparent indication of migratory movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to uncommon and local. Occurs in Tinigua National Park, in Colombia, Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve, in Venezuela,... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2019). Sulphury Flycatcher (Tyrannopsis sulphurea). 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 7 December 2019).