Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-lored Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum poliocephalum)


French: Todirostre à tête grise German: Gelbzügel-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí cabecigrís
Other common names: Grey-headed Tody-flycatcher

T[odus]. poliocephalus


, 1831,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




SE Bahia and Minas Gerais S to E Santa Catarina, in SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

8·8–10·2 cm. Has glossy black forecrown and ocular region, distinctive large bright yellow supraloral spot, slate-grey hindcrown, olive upperparts; wings... read more


Call a simple sharp “cheep, chip-chip”.


Shrubby humid-forest edge and adjacent clearings and gardens, to 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually in pairs, sometimes alone, generally independent of mixed flocks. Forages in dense vegetation close to ground, also in... read more


No relevant published information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common. Occurs in Itatiaia, Serra da Canastra and Tijuca National Parks, Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve and several other protected... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B. (2019). Yellow-lored Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum poliocephalum). 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).