Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus griseipectus)


French: Todirostre à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí ventriblanco

Euscarthmus griseipectus

E. Snethlage

, 1907,

Alcobaça, Rio Tocantins, Brazil


Has often been considered conspecific with H. zosterops (which see), but major differences in plumage and voice; vocal characters confirm that race naumburgae, formerly treated with H. zosterops, belongs with present species, both having double “kwi-dik” daytime call, as well as greyish-white belly. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. g. griseipectus (E. Snethlage, 1907) – C Brazil S of Amazon (C Amazonas E to R Tocantins) S to SE Peru (Cuzco, N Puno) and N Bolivia (Pando, La Paz, Beni).
  • H. g. naumburgae (J. T. Zimmer, 1945) – NE Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte S to Alagoas).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7·9–10 g. Has crown and upperparts olive-green, loral area pale, indistinct whitish eyering; wings dusky, two fairly distinct yellowish wingbars, olive-yellow... read more


    Rising couplet or triplet of nasal to metallic notes, rapid and high-pitched, “ca-déék” or “kee-dee... read more


    Humid tropical terra firme and transitional forest in low country, hills and base of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages alone, more rarely in pairs, very rarely joining mixed-species flocks. Perches inconspicuously, but usually on quite open... read more


    Birds with enlarged gonads in Sept–Oct in SE Peru. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Common in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve and Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, in Peru; also occurs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clock, B. (2019). White-bellied Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus griseipectus). 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 6 December 2019).