Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Tawny-breasted Flycatcher (Myiobius villosus)


French: Barbichon hérissé German: Gebirgsbekarde Spanish: Moscareta vellosa

Myiobius villosus

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Nanegal, Pichincha, Ecuador


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. v. villosus P. L. Sclater, 1860 – locally in E Panama (Cerro Tacarcuna), W Andes of Colombia and NW Ecuador.
  • M. v. schaeferi Aveledo & Pons, 1952 – locally in Sierra de Perijá, Andes of Venezuela (SE Táchira, W Mérida) and E slope of Andes in NE Colombia (W Arauca, NW Casanare).
  • M. v. clarus J. T. Zimmer, 1939 – E slope of E Andes of S Colombia (W Caquetá), Ecuador and Peru (S to Junín).
  • M. v. peruvianus Todd, 1922 – E slope of E Andes of SE Peru and NW Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 13 g. Large eyes, prominent long rictal bristles. Male nominate race has crown, nape, and upperparts dark brownish-olive, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, paler... read more


    Generally quiet; sometimes a sharp “espít” call note, similar to that of M. sulphureipygius... read more


    Lower and middle levels of montane forest, near streams. Occurs at 900–2100 m, locally down... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, notably hymenopterans, coleopterans, homopteran bugs, and arachnids. Analysis of 77 prey items taken from stomachs in SE Peru... read more


    Not well known; probably similar to that of congeners.


    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common; particularly numerous at El Placer (Esmeraldas), in NW Ecuador. Occurs in Tambito Nature Reserve, in Colombia, Machalilla... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Tawny-breasted Flycatcher (Myiobius villosus). 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 20 June 2019).