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Southern Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes eximius

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Vinicius R. Tonetti and Marco A. Pizo

Diet and Foraging


Southern Bristle-Tyrant is insectivorous, but its diet is not described in much detail. The contents of the stomach of one specimen were "small insects and a caterpillar" (Belton 1985).

Foraging Behavior

Southern Bristle-Tyrant forages in the midstory of dense humid forest, and at forest edge. It perches with a vertical posture, and remaining motionless for relatively long periods, before sallying after prey (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, 2009, Clay et al. 1998); sallies typically are directed upwards, and prey is captured from the undersides of leaves with a hover glean (Fitzpatrick 2004).

Recommended Citation

Tonetti, V. R. and M. A. Pizo (2019). Southern Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes eximius), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.