Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ticking Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx citreola)


French: Doradite de Landbeck German: Tickersumpftyrann Spanish: Doradito limón

Arundinicola citreola


, 1864,

Mapocho Valley, Santiago, Chile


Long synonymized#R with P. flaviventris, but recently noticed to be very different vocally, each form ignoring the other’s song in playback#R#R. Differs from P. flaviventris in its longer wings (published evidence#R indicates 48.9–50.4 mm vs 45.6–48.4) (at least 1); head movements when singing (no side-to-side movements) (1); and very different song, a series of well-spaced short scratchy notes, after a while accelerating and ending with a few doubled or tripled notes, “trik...trik...trik...trik..trik..tri-rik..tri-ri-rik”, vs a series of short low-pitched nasal notes, interchanged with high-pitched more melodic notes, in a rather irregular pattern, “kup...kup...peet!..kup-kup..peet...kup...”, thus note length much shorter (3) and song strophe considerably longer (2). Monotypic.

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C Chile (Valparaíso to Los Ríos) and W Argentina (from Chubut and Río Negro N to Salta); migrates N to Bolivia#R, and one record in Paraguay#R, also regular non-breeding in E Argentina (e.g. Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 7·5–10 g. Brown upperparts, with darker and richer-coloured crown and face, and lemon-yellow underparts; usually has two narrow cinnamon wingbars. Plumage apparently... read more


Song (which is most similar to that of P. dinelliana) is a series of notes starting with... read more


Inhabits dense Baccharis salicifolia (1–2 m tall), open Tamarix gallica (up to 3... read more

Food and feeding

No differences known between present species and P. flaviventris.


Few data; males in breeding condition in late Nov/early Dec in Mendoza (W Argentina). One nest in Chile reportedly constructed of ... read more


Chilean birds speculated to cross Andes to spend non-breeding season in Argentina (?) and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in W Argentina, with linear densities of up to six pairs over 1·2 km (Mendoza), but generally considered to be rather... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ticking Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx citreola). 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 13 December 2019).