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Leptopogon rufipectus

Rufous-breasted Flycatcher

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson

Leptopogon rufipectus

San Isidro Lodge, Ecuador; 17 August 2011 © Francesco Veronesi

Rufous-breasted Flycatcher is a handsome songbird of montane northwestern South America. This small flycatcher occupies the lower strata of humid montane forest from 1500-2400 meters in the Andes from western Venezuela south to northern Peru. It is olive-brown above with rusty wing bars, a rufous face with dark auricular frame, rufous throat and breast, and yellow belly. Rufous-breasted Flycatcher can often be detected by its sharp, squeaky call, which it often gives while foraging with mixed species flocks.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson. 2012. Rufous-breasted Flycatcher (Leptopogon rufipectus), 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/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern