Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Western Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus)


French: Moucherolle orné German: Schmucktyrann Spanish: Mosquiterito adornado occidental

Tyrannula ornata


, 1853,

Bogotá, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. phoenicurus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. o. ornatus (Lafresnaye, 1853) – C Andes and N & C parts of E range, in Colombia.
  • M. o. stellatus (Cabanis, 1873) – W Andes of Colombia and W slope of Andes in Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·4–12 cm; 8·2–13·4 g. Strikingly patterned flycatcher. Nominate race has black on face and crown, conspicuous white crescent-shaped pre-... read more


    Very loud (for size of bird), ringing, single “peek” or “wheep”, repeated... read more


    Humid montane forest and older second growth, often in old treefall gaps and dark, mossy ravines... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet very little known beyond insects, but presumably very similar to that of M. phoenicurus (which see). Forages singly or, more... read more


    Nest in Mar and mid Apr (see Ornithological Note), and birds in breeding condition in May in Colombia. Mar nest found in Colombia was dome-... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Occurs in numerous conservation units, among them Tambito Natural Reserve and Tatamá National Park,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clock, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Western Ornate Flycatcher (Myiotriccus ornatus). 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 11 December 2019).