Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-lored Tyrannulet (Ornithion inerme)


French: Tyranneau minute German: Weißzügel-Kleintyrann Spanish: Mosquerito moteado

O[rnithion]. inerme


, 1853,

Bahia, Brazil


Name “O. fasciatum” is a synonym. Monotypic.


E & SE Colombia, S & SE Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia and N, W & C Brazil (Amazonia E to E Pará and NW Maranhão); also, apparently isolated coastal population in E Brazil (Paraíba S to Rio de Janeiro).

Descriptive notes

8 cm; 6–8 g. Has grey to dark grey crown, white lores and broken eyering (meeting over bill to form narrow “spectacle”); upperparts greyish-olive; wings... read more


Persistent, piercing series of 4–7 clear piping notes, “peee, dee-dee-deet”,... read more


Humid tropical and upper tropical evergreen forest, gallery forest, swamp-forest, várzea... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs; occasionally joins mixed-species flocks. Actively flits from perch to perch in dense foliage,... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads, also juveniles seen, in Dec in Peru. Single white egg with brown markings, said to be of this species, measured... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; probably often overlooked. Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its large range,... read more

Recommended citation

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-lored Tyrannulet (Ornithion inerme). 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 13 December 2019).