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Hemitriccus rufigularis

Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Hemitriccus rufigularis

Wild Sumaco, Napo, Ecuador; © Nick Athanas

Considered globally Near Threatened, the Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant is relatively widely but discontinuously distributed over the eastern Andes, from Ecuador to northern Bolivia, where it seems to be confined to humid foothill forest with abundant vine tangles, at elevations between 800 and 1500 m, on isolated low massifs. This is a relatively distinctively plumaged member of the genus Hemitriccus: it is largely olive-green above, becoming grayer over the crown, with dull buff neck sides, throat and upper breast, faintly streaked grayish. Although no geographical variation has been named, Bolivian populations tend to be duller and more extensively streaked below. The Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant vocalizes persistently throughout much of the day, a nasal kik-keek-keek keek kéék, which undoubtedly assists observers in locating what is otherwise an easily overlooked species. Like most congeners, it usually is encountered singly or in pairs, and the species occasionally forages within mixed-species flocks, although it occupies apparently very small territories. Otherwise very little is known about the natural history of Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus rufigularis), 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
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened