Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

Rufous-winged Tyrannulet Mecocerculus calopterus

  • © Jorge Eduardo Zarate Cueva

Rufous-winged Tyrannulet is a surprisingly distinctive tyrannulet of montane northwestern South America. Distributed from central Ecuador south into northwestern Peru, it inhabits forest canopy and edge habitats between 400 and 1500 meters in elevation. The species is olive above and white below with a dark gray head, white supercilium, dark gray cheeks, and black wings with off-white wing bars, obvious rufous edging on the flight feathers, and white outer tail feathers. Rufous-winged Tyrannulet is often found in pairs and sometimes forages within mixed flocks.

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


© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Rufous-winged Tyrannulet (Mecocerculus calopterus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: