Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Venezuelan Flycatcher (Myiarchus venezuelensis)


French: Tyran du Venezuela German: Venezuelaschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón venezolano

Myiarchus venezuelensis


, 1865,

Lago de Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela


Formerly treated as a race of M. ferox (see that species and M. panamensis). Tobago birds appear darker dorsally, but difference slight and constancy of this character untested; subspecific separation as insulicola unwarranted at present. Monotypic.


Apparently three, possibly four, disjunct populations. Caribbean lowlands of Colombia (N Sucre E to Guajira), and E of Andes in Norte de Santander (Cucutá); NW & N Venezuela (Zulia E to Miranda, S to Apure); also NE & E Venezuela (Margarita I; NE Bolívar) and Tobago. Records from Zulia (Cerro Alto del Cedro, La Esperanza) may be referable to Colombian population (to W) or to Venezuelan ones (to E), or may represent a separate population.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; male 27–32 g, female 27–33 g, unsexed 26–28 g. Generally unremarkable Myiarchus with combination of reasonably apparent whitish streaking on... read more


Repeated hiccups, rasps, rasp-whistles and “wheer-r-r” notes in response to intrusion by... read more


Clearings and borders of dry and moist forest and deciduous (in understorey) and semi-deciduous... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and small fruits. Forages in middle storey of trees or tall shrubs, perching vertically or horizontally and peering about with... read more


Season late Mar to early Jun; males with testes unenlarged in Jan, enlarged in May; females with brood patches and eggs in oviduct in May;... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally considered uncommon to fairly common, but is often overlooked. Occurs in Henri Pittier National Park, in Venezuela. Poorly known species.

Recommended citation

Joseph, L. (2019). Venezuelan Flycatcher (Myiarchus venezuelensis). 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).