Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Variegated Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus poecilotis)


French: Tyranneau varié German: Zimtbinden-Laubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito variegado

Leptopogon pœcilotis

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

“Bogota”, Colombia


Birds from extreme NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) described as race pifanoi, supposedly with somewhat more blackish crown, but difference virtually imperceptible and may represent individual variation. Monotypic.


Sierra de Perijá and Andes of NW Venezuela (Mérida), Colombia, E Ecuador and Peru (Cajamarca and San Martín S, locally, to Puno).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 8 g. Has slate-grey crown contrasting with bright yellow-olive upperparts; lores and supercilium grizzled white, supercilium extending back to wrap around black... read more


High, thin “wheee-seet”; also a short, emphatic series of “tsit” notes ending in more emphatic “... read more


Humid montane forest, especially wet mossy cloudforest; 1500–2300 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, typically in mixed-species flocks (often also containing related P. ophthalmicus). Perches... read more


No data.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common to locally fairly common. Occurs in Tambito Nature Reserve and Ucumarí Regional Park, in Colombia, and in all protected areas along... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Variegated Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus poecilotis). 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).