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Nephelomyias lintoni

Orange-banded Flycatcher

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S

Nephelomyias lintoni

Tapichalaca, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador; 21 August 2007 © Roger Ahlman

Orange-banded Flycatcher is a small bodied tyrant flycatcher with a curiously restricted distribution in the Andes of southern Ecuador and adjacent northernmost Peru. This flycatcher occupies the canopy and borders of humid montane forest, between 2250 and 2800 meters in elevation. Orange-banded Flycatcher is subtely attractive. The upperparts are dark olive brown, with a semiconcealed yellow orange coronal patch (in the male), and two broad buffy or ochraceous wingbars; the underparts yellow, with an olive wash on the sides of the breast. Orange-banded Flycatcher is similar in appearance to Handsome (Nephelomyias pulcher) and Ochraceous-breasted (Nephelomyias ochraceiventris) flycatchers, but lacks ocher below and has paler irides. These three species also do not overlap geographically, with Orange-banded Flycatcher occupying an area bounded to the north by a population of Handsome Flycatcher, and to the south by Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher. Very little is known about Orange-banded Flycatcher in life; its population is suspected to be declining, and so its Red List conservation status is rated as Near Threatened.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2016. Orange-banded Flycatcher (Nephelomyias lintoni), 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:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened