Hangnest Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus nidipendulus


Found from the state of Sergipe south to São Paulo, the evocatively named Hangnest Tody-Tyrant is endemic to coastal eastern Brazil and the Atlantic Forest biome, where its wide range and general abundance have, to some extent, insulated the species from the dramatic and devastating habitat destruction that has placed the futures of many biota in the balance. The Hangnest Tody-Tyrant is relatively easily separated from other tody-tyrants within its range using plumage characters; its upperparts are a uniform greenish-yellow, there is a pale loral mark, and the underparts are rather clean white, while the species’ irides are prominently and distinctively pale, at least in adults. The species unsurprisingly takes its name from the domed, pyrifrom nest that is suspended from a narrow branch, although its basic form and structure are actually copied by the vast majority, if not all, of the Hangnest Tody-Tyrant’s congeners.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more


© Bret Whitney

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Hangnest Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus nidipendulus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/hattyr1