Whiskered Flycatcher Myiobius barbatus


Formerly considered to be conspecific with the wholly allopatric Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher (Myiobius sulphureipygius), the Whiskered Flycatcher is a very widely distributed, forest-based species. Exclusively found east of the Andes, it is found throughout the vast majority of Amazonia, as well as more locally and discontinuously in the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil, from where two of the five subspecies included in this species are described. In Amazonia, it is generally replaced by the broadly similarly plumaged Black-tailed Flycatcher (Myiobius atricaudus) in drier forests, and by the Tawny-breasted Flycatcher (Myiobius villosus) at higher elevations in the extreme west of the basin, whereas in parts of eastern Brazil the Black-tailed Flycatcher typically supplants the present species with increasing altitude. In behavior and plumage, the Whiskered Flycatcher is largely similar to other congenerics; it too regularly joins mixed-species foraging flocks in the lower strata of forest.

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Calls (Whiskered)

© Davis Finch

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

Recommended Citation

Whiskered Flycatcher (Myiobius barbatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: