Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum)


French: Todirostre bridé German: Goldbrauen-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí cejiamarillo

Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum


, 1850,



See T. nigriceps. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. guttatum Pelzeln, 1868 – Colombia (S from W Meta and Guainía) and NW Brazil (N of Amazon, E to R Negro) S to E Ecuador and extreme NE Peru (NE Loreto).
  • T. c. chrysocrotaphum Strickland, 1850 – N Peru and W Amazonian Brazil (S of Amazon, E to Tefé).
  • T. c. neglectum Carriker, 1932 – E Peru, SW Amazonian Brazil (S of Amazon, E to R Madeira) and N Bolivia.
  • T. c. simile J. T. Zimmer, 1940 – left bank of R Tapajós, in W Pará (NC Brazil).
  • T. c. illigeri (Cabanis & Heine, 1860) – #RNE Brazil from right bank of R Tapajós E to N Maranhão.
  • Descriptive notes

    8·6–10·2 cm; 7 g. Distinctive, with broad yellow postocular stripe on glossy black head. Nominate race has white supraloral spot, olive upperparts, black... read more


    Call a loud series of usually 8–12 sharp, evenly spaced “pik”, “tsip... read more


    Canopy and edge of terra firme and várzea forest and taller second growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects recorded. Usually in pairs, sometimes alone; rarely with mixed-species flocks. Forages high up in foliage of outer canopy; also... read more


    Few data. Nest found in Jun in Colombia, 4–5 m above ground in second growth; another in Jul in Ecuador, 35 m up in emergent tree in... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common, but often overlooked. Occurs in numerous protected areas, including many national parks, throughout its rather... read more

    Recommended citation

    Walther, B. (2020). Yellow-browed Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum). 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 19 January 2020).