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Myiophobus inornatus

Unadorned Flycatcher

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S

Myiophobus inornatus

Tunquini, Cotapata NP, La Paz, Bolivia, 1 January 2006 © Joe Tobias

Unadorned Flycatcher is an easily overlooked inhabitant of the understory of humid montane forests of the central Andes. Found in southern Peru and western Bolivia, the species occurs between 1000 and 2500 meters in elevation along the east slope of the Andes. Rather similar in appearance to the Peruvian subspecies of Flavescent Flycatcher (Myiophobus flavicans superciliosus), Unadorned Flycatcher is olive above, with cinnamon rufous wing edgings, and is yellowish olive below. This flycatcher does have an adornment (despite its name), but this is kept under wraps: as in other species of Myiophobus, the male has a concealed or semiconcealed patch of yellow or orange in the center of the crown. Unadorned Flycatcher is fairly common, but it has a somewhat restricted geographic range, and its natural history is very poorly known.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2016. Unadorned Flycatcher (Myiophobus inornatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern