Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Whiskered Flycatcher (Myiobius barbatus)


French: Barbichon de Cayenne German: Gelbbauchbekarde Spanish: Moscareta barbada

Muscicapa barbata

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,



Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. sulphureipygius (which see). Race mastacalis may be a separate species, but on a small sample of Amazonian and Atlantic taxa no obvious vocal differences identified#R; further study needed. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. b. semiflavus Todd, 1919 – NC Colombia (N Antioquia, NW Santander).
  • M. b. barbatus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Bearded Flycatcher – SE Colombia, S & E Venezuela (S of R Orinoco) and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, N Peru (N of R Marañón) and NC Brazil (N of R Amazon).
  • M. b. amazonicus Todd, 1925 – E Peru (S of R Marañón) and C Brazil (S of R Amazon, E to R Madeira); also, probably this race, in N Bolivia (Pando)#R.
  • M. b. insignis J. T. Zimmer, 1939 – NE Brazil (S of R Amazon, E from R Tapajós).
  • M. b. mastacalis (Wied, 1821) – Whiskered Flycatcher – SE Brazil (Goiás; Paraíba S to NE Santa Catarina).
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–12·7 cm; 11 g. Large eyes, prominent long rictal bristles. Nominate race has crown, nape and back olive-green, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch, paler loral... read more


    Generally silent; sometimes a high sharp “tsip” or “psik” call note.


    Shady understorey and low to middle levels of humid forest, terra firme forest, gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Singly or in pairs; regularly accompanies mixed-species flocks that include thamnophilids (e.g. Myrmotherula antwrens... read more


    Builds suspended pyriform nest with a roof or hood of overhanging twigs, and a side entrance; 2–10 m above ground. No further... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its range, e.g. Tinigua National Park, in Colombia,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). Whiskered Flycatcher (Myiobius barbatus). 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 27 June 2019).