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Guatemalan Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Andrew W. Jones


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Guatemalan Tyrannulet
eBird range map for Guatemalan Tyrannulet

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Guatemalan Tyrannulet occurs in southeastern Mexico (Chiapas) east through Guatemala, into central El Salvador and perhaps southern Belize. It ranges from 500 m to 2500 m elevation during the breeding season, (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Howell and Webb 1995, Jones et al. 2000). At least some Guatemalan Tyrannulet populations are elevational migrants, descending to lower elevations during winter (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Guatemalan Tyrannulet occupies various types of evergreen forest, as well as sparsely forested areas, and pastures and fields interspersed with trees and shrubs. It is more common in areas where mistletoes (Loranthaceae) are found.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Jones, A. W. (2018). Guatemalan Tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus), version 2.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.