Brown-capped Tyrannulet Ornithion brunneicapillus

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Brown-capped Tyrannulet is a tiny flycatcher that is a typical member of mixed insectivorous songbird flocks in southeastern Central America and extreme northwestern South America.  It prefers the canopy of humid, lowland forest and woodland below 1200 meters from Costa Rica south to Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.  The species is brown-capped with a bold white supercilium and black lores/ ocular stripe, and also has bright yellow underparts, olive upperparts, and a stubby bill and short tail.  Visually inconspicuous within the forest, the Brown-capped Tyrannulet is most easily detected by call, a diagnostic series of short whistles with a pause after the first note.

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

Recommended Citation

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