Black-capped Tyrannulet Phyllomyias nigrocapillus

  • © Juan José Arango

The Black-capped Tyrannulet is a very small flycatcher of montane northwestern South America.  Found from Venezuela south to Peru, it inhabits forest edge and scrub habitat from 1800 to 3300 meters in elevation.  The species is dark olive-brown above with a black crown and white superciliary, black wings marked with two yellow wing bars and ochre edging on the secondaries, gray throat, and pale yellow chest and belly.  Black-capped Tyrannulet can be detected easily by listening for its high, thin call which is repeated frequently.  Frequently found in mixed foraging flocks, it often twitches its wings when active.

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© Tom Schulenberg

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

Recommended Citation

Black-capped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias nigrocapillus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: