Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Tyrannine Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla tyrannina)


French: Grimpar tyran German: Tyrannenbaumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos tiranino

Dendrocops tyranninus


, 1851,

“Santa-Fe de Bogota”


Suggested perhaps to be sister of D. anabatina, but genetic study suggests otherwise#R. Race hellmayri only marginally distinct. Purported race macrorhyncha, described on basis of two specimens from E slope in N Ecuador and sometimes treated as a separate species, appears to involve aberrant individuals (larger, longer-billed, lighter and more olivaceous plumage, pale throat more conspicuous) of nominate race. Proposed race brunnea (W Ecuador) inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. t. tyrannina (Lafresnaye, 1851) – W & C Andes from C Colombia (Antioquia) S on both slopes to W Bolivia (W La Paz)#R.
  • D. t. hellmayri Cory, 1913 – E slope of E Andes in NE Colombia (Norte de Santander, Boyacá) and adjacent W Venezuela (W Táchira).
  • Descriptive notes

    23–26·5 cm; 40–64 g, male on average slightly heavier than female. Large and heavy-bodied for Dendrocincla, with large, tyrannid-like bill.... read more


    Song, generally given 5–20 m up in subcanopy of ridgetop tree, an extended series of c. 90... read more


    One of few truly montane woodcreepers, found in humid forest and cloudforest in upper tropical to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet undescribed; presumably largely insectivorous. Almost always encountered singly; sometimes with mixed-species flocks, but not present... read more


    Very poorly known. Bird with moderately large gonads in early Oct in Peru (Cuzco); song heard in Mar in Colombia (Nariño) but not in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Although range fairly extensive, occurs in a relatively narrow elevational belt. Apparently uncommon to rare and local almost... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2019). Tyrannine Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla tyrannina). 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).