Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-banded Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus stictopterus)


French: Tyranneau à sourcils blancs German: Weißbinden-Tachurityrann Spanish: Piojito alifranjeado

Elainia [sic] stictoptera

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Matus, Chimborazo, Ecuador


See M. poecilocercus. Race taeniopterus intergrades with nominate in Peru (E La Libertad). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. albocaudatus Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – Andes of W Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida, Táchira).
  • M. s. stictopterus (P. L. Sclater, 1859) – Andes of Colombia, Ecuador (both slopes) and N Peru (Piura, Cajamarca, Amazonas).
  • M. s. taeniopterus Cabanis, 1874 – E Andes of Peru (S from E La Libertad) S to N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 8–11 g. Nominate race has white supercilium, blackish eyestripe, medium-grey crown contrasting with plain dark brownish-olive upperparts; face whitish, bordered... read more


    Distinctive sharp, rising “squeeyh”, sometimes in short series, occasionally... read more


    Humid montane evergreen forest, especially mossy cloudforest, stunted elfin forest, alder (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; occasionally small fruits. Forages in pairs or in groups of 3–5 individuals; frequently joins mixed-species flocks. Forages... read more


    Fledglings in Dec and birds with enlarged gonads in Jan and Aug in Colombia; gonads enlarged in Oct–Nov in SE Peru. No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common; especially common in alder stands. Occurs in many protected areas, including Sierra Nevada National Park, in Venezuela,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. (2019). White-banded Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus stictopterus). 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 14 December 2019).