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Todirostrum cinereum

Common Tody-Flycatcher

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic 8 Subspecies


Todirostrum cinereum

Sesco Pantanal, Brazil; 15 October 2009 © Joao Quental

The Common Tody-Flycatcher is a common and widespread species of secondary forest and forest edge; it is distributed from southern Mexico to south to northeastern Argentina, but is absent from much of the Amazon Basin.  Male Common Tody-Flycatchers have glossy black forecrowns, slate gray hindcrowns, olive upperparts, black wings and bright yellow underparts; the iris usually is yellow.  Common Tody-Flycatchers forage in pairs or small family groups in dense vegetation close to the ground or in the open mid-level canopy of trees. They catch prey by gleaning or in short forward and upward sallies, always catching prey with an audible snap.  Like other species of tody-tyrant, the Common Tody-Flycatcher builds a hanging pouch shaped nests 1 to 5 m off the ground made out of plant material and bound with spiderweb. 

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest edge
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern