Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-eyed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus zosterops)


French: Todirostre zostérops German: Weißaugen-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí ojiblanco

Euscarthmus Zosterops


, 1868,

Marabitanas, Rio Negro, Brazil


Type species of Idioptilon. In past, along with H. spodiops (which see), H. griseipectus, H. orbitatus, H. iohannis, H. striaticollis, H. nidipendulus, H. margaritaceiventer, H. inornatus, H. granadensis, H. mirandae and H. rufigularis, placed in Euscarthmornis; all subsequently moved (with addition of H. kaempferi) to Idioptilon, when error in priority detected#R, and later lumped into Hemitriccus#R. Present species long treated as conspecific with H. griseipectus, but the two show major differences in plumage and voice; race naumburgae, formerly assigned to present species, belongs with H. griseipectus. E Amazonian populations, giving rattled trill of 19–38 notes, vocally very distinct from those W of R Branco and R Negro, giving call of 5–15 notes (score 3) at higher frequency (2), suggesting that two species may be involved#R; birds from French Guiana described as race rothschildi, and that name would be available for E form; clarification of morphological differences needed. Boundary between nominate race and flaviviridis uncertain, as vocal type of former occurs only E of R Branco and R Negro, in N Brazil, and that of latter extends E to those rivers; some authors propose merging the two races. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. z. zosterops (Pelzeln, 1868) – SE Colombia (Caquetá, Vaupés), E Ecuador and NE Peru (Loreto) through S Venezuela (S Amazonas) and much of Brazil N of Amazon (Amazonas, Roraima, NW Pará, Amapá) to S Guyana, E Suriname and French Guiana.
  • H. z. flaviviridis (J. T. Zimmer, 1940) – N Peru (C Amazonas S to Pasco W of R Ucayali#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7·8–10 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts olive-green, supraloral area whitish, indistinct white eyering; wings dusky, two fairly distinct... read more


    Nominate race song type a dry 1-second trill, rising and then falling slightly in pitch, slowing... read more


    Occupies humid terra firme forest, especially in hilly terrain and foothills; recorded up... read more

    Food and feeding

    Usually solitary, occasionally in pairs; only occasionally follows mixed-species flocks. Perches inconspicuously, but often on very open... read more


    No published information. Nest reported as being pendent.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Fairly common in Serranías Cofán (Sucumbíos), in Ecuador; occurs also in Jaú National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clock, B. (2019). White-eyed Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus zosterops). 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).