Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-ringed Flycatcher (Conopias albovittatus)


French: Tyran diadème German: Weißnacken-Maskentyrann Spanish: Bienteveo del Chocó

Pitangus albovittatus


, 1862,

Isthmus of Panama


Formerly placed with C. parvus in a separate genus, Coryphotriccus, on grounds mainly of slightly larger bill and presence of coronal patch, but syringeal morphology is similar to that of present genus. These two species are sometimes considered conspecific, but differ in plumage and, especially, voice; molecular data indicate substantial divergence between them, but also that they are closely related and represent a sister-group to a clade consisting of C. trivirgatus and C. cinchoneti. Validity of race distinctus questionable. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. distinctus (Ridgway, 1908) – E Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
  • C. a. albovittatus (Lawrence, 1862) – E Panama (E from Canal Zone), W Colombia (Chocó S to Nariño) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, NW Pichincha and adjacent SW Imbabura).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·5 cm; 24 g. Nominate race has crown black to dark sooty brownish, large lemon-yellow to canary-yellow coronal patch (mostly concealed); prominent white supercilia... read more


    Call very distinctive, commences with a long note, followed by rapid, rattling or whirring,... read more


    Canopy and borders of humid forest; occasionally ventures out into clearings with tall trees next... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and spiders; some berries also taken. Alone, in pairs, or in small groups of up to five individuals; occasionally accompanies mixed... read more


    Mar–Jun in Costa Rica. Nest c. 10–15 m up in old woodpecker (Picidae) hole, natural tree hole or crevice, or niche in bromeliad... read more


    Details unknown; wanders to some degree, but probably resident in most areas.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in Río Negro Jaguar Reserve, in Costa Rica. In Ecuador, widespread in Esmeraldas, numerous NW of Alto Tombo, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). White-ringed Flycatcher (Conopias albovittatus). 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).