Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Spadebill (Platyrinchus flavigularis)


Taxonomy

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

Platyrhynchus flavigularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

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

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57319 on 8 December 2019).