Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias uropygialis)


French: Tyranneau à croupion fauve German: Zimtbürzel-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito culirrufo

Mecocerculus uropygialis


, 1869,

Corazón, Pichincha, Ecuador


See P. nigrocapillus. Monotypic.


Very local in Andes of W Venezuela (Mérida), Colombia (S to W Meta in E cordillera, in Cauca and Nariño in W), W & E Ecuador, and E slope in Peru (also on W slope in Piura and Cajamarca), Bolivia (S to Tarija) and extreme NW Argentina (N Salta).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 8–9 g. A slightly crested, small tyrannulet. Has white lores and supercilium, dark brown crown, grading to brownish-olive on back; rump and uppertail-coverts... read more


Inconspicuous 2-note “tseep-tseep” or “tzeep, zéé-u”, singly... read more


Upper montane humid forest, especially in thickets, edges of clearings, tree-line shrubbery, brushy... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; probably some small fruits. Forages actively, usually in pairs or small family groups with mixed-species flocks, in canopy or... read more


Fledgling observed in Dec in Bolivia. No other information.


Mainly resident, but possibly some seasonal movements to slightly lower elevations; the three... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common; most common in Bolivia. Regular near Hotel Los Frailes (Mérida), in Venezuela; occurs in several protected areas... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2020). Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias uropygialis). 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 19 January 2020).