Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Pygmy-tyrant (Myiornis albiventris)


French: Microtyran à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Zwergtyrann Spanish: Mosqueta ventriblanca

Orchilus albiventris

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1894,

La Merced, 2600 feet [c. 790 m], Junín, central Peru


Sometimes considered conspecific with M. auricularis, but differs in its white vs yellow belly (3); pale grey vs olive-green flanks (3); lighter streaking on throat and breast and greatly reduced blackish post-auricular mark (3); paler, greyer crown (ns[1]); more extensive yellow fringes to remiges (ns[1]); and paler red around the eyes (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Locally at base of E slope of Andes in S Ecuador (SE Zamora-Chinchipe)#R, C & E Peru (San Martín, Huánuco, Pasco, Junín, Ayacucho, E Puno) and N Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

7 cm; 5–6 g. Very small, round-bodied tyrannid with large-headed appearance. Has buff-whitish area around eye, greyish crescent-shaped auricular patch; bright olive... read more


Flat, fast sequence of notes, “dr-rr-rr-rr-rr-t”, delivered several times in series.


Humid lower montane and foothill forest and edges, at 400–1200 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in lower and middle storeys, favouring openings; often perches in the open a few centimetres from leaves, making fast,... read more


Not documented.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon. Poorly known species. In Bolivia, occurs in Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Madidi National Park; frequent along... read more

Recommended citation

Clock, B. (2019). White-bellied Pygmy-tyrant (Myiornis albiventris). 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).