Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Spadebill (Platyrinchus flavigularis)


French: Platyrhynque à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehl-Spatelschnabeltyrann Spanish: Picoplano gorjiamarillo

Platyrhynchus flavigularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

Nova Granada, “Bogotá” = Albán, Cundinamarca, Colombia


Distribution apparently very patchy but little known, and degree of disjunction uncertain; further work required to confirm true taxonomic status of races. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. vividus Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – W Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, Andes of SE Lara and SE Táchira; probably also coastal cordillera in SE Carabobo).
  • P. f. flavigularis P. L. Sclater, 1862 – E Andes of Colombia (W side in W Cundinamarca and Huila), E Ecuador (E slope from W Napo S to Zamora-Chinchipe) and E Peru (N Amazonas S to Cordillera Vilcabamba, in Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–10·2 cm. Has bright rufous-brown head, yellowish loral spot, large white coronal patch (semi-concealed) with black feather tips (not visible in the field);... read more


    Call a sharp “peeeyr”, slowly repeated at intervals of 4–5 seconds.


    Undergrowth of montane forest. In Ecuador favours areas with relatively open understorey,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Diet probably arthropods. Difficult to observe; often perches motionless in the open for extended periods.


    Birds in breeding condition in Apr–Jun in Venezuela. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon and local throughout most of range; perhaps often overlooked. Possibly locally fairly common in Venezuela (W Zulia); record from SE... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tello, J. (2019). Yellow-throated Spadebill (Platyrinchus flavigularis). 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 8 December 2019).