Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Three-striped Flycatcher (Conopias trivirgatus)


French: Tyran à triple bandeau German: Olivbrust-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo trilistado

M[uscicapa]. trivirgata


, 1831,

Bahia, Brazil


Molecular data strongly indicate that present species and C. cinchoneti are sister-species, most closely related to a clade consisting of C. albovittatus and C. parvus. Races widely separated geographically, and might represent two separate species. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. berlepschi E. Snethlage, 1914 – Northern Three-striped Flycatcher – Venezuela (S Bolívar), extreme NE Ecuador (E Sucumbíos, E Orellana), N Brazil (both banks of Amazon E to Óbidos and Santarém), E Peru (Loreto, Ucayali, Madre de Dios) and NC Bolivia (Cochabamba).
  • C. t. trivirgatus (Wied, 1831) – Southern Three-striped Flycatcher – SE Brazil (SE Bahia S to Paraná and N Santa Catarina), E Paraguay (E from Paraguarí) and NE Argentina (Misiones, NE Corrientes).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–14·5 cm. Smallest member of genus. Nominate race has crown and side of head dusky brown, crown completely encircled by long white supercilia from base of bill (not... read more


    Most common call an abrasive and jarring “jew” or “jeeuw”, swiftly and frantically repeated; in SE... read more


    Canopy and borders of humid forest and várzea; mostly below 300 m, but observed at 950 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Most often seen in pairs or small groups; regularly associates with mixed-species flocks, but appears to spend equal time in... read more


    Pair in Argentina in Nov taking leaves to old woodpecker (Picidae) hole 6 m up in broken branch; may compete for suitable cavities with... read more


    Details unknown; wanders to some degree, but probably resident in most areas.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally uncommon. Occurs in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, in Peru, Madidi National Park and Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve, in Bolivia,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). Three-striped Flycatcher (Conopias trivirgatus). 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 11 December 2019).