Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Near Threatened

Venezuelan Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus venezuelanus)


French: Tyranneau du Venezuela German: Karibiklaubtyrann Spanish: Orejerito venezolano

Pogonotriccus venezuelanus


, 1907,

Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela


Closely related to P. lanyoni and P. orbitalis. Monotypic.


Coastal Range (from Carabobo E to Distrito Federal) and interior mountains (C Aragua, S Miranda) of N Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; 8–9 g. Has grey crown, yellowish-white lores and prominent eyering; face and auriculars mottled yellowish, faintly bordered above and behind by... read more


Double-note call, “che-dip”, and high, fast trill first descending and then ascending. read more


Humid montane forest, especially wet, mossy cloudforest, at 950–1400 m.

Food and feeding

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


No data. Season probably Jan–Apr/May.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Fairly common. Occurs in Henri Pittier... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). Venezuelan Bristle-tyrant (Pogonotriccus venezuelanus). 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 12 December 2019).