Spotted Tody-Flycatcher Todirostrum maculatum


Just about the most widespread of the Amazonian Todirostrum flycatchers, the Spotted Tody-Flycatcher is well named for its quite heavily streaked underparts. Compared to most of its sympatric congenerics, this species lacks any black on the head. The Spotted Tody-Flycatcher occurs from northeast Venezuela south and east across much of Amazonia, as far as eastern Peru and northwest Bolivia; it also is found on Trinidad. Because of its ability to persist in secondary habitats, even in overgrown pastures, the species is generally common, although it seems to be mainly associated with wet areas, e.g. along rivers, and even mangroves. Its altitudinal range embraces from sea level to 500 m. Like other Todirostrum, the Spotted Tody-Flycatcher is an insectivore that hunts in pairs or alone, making short aerial sallies to capture prey. Breeding is comparatively well known, with eggs recorded in all months, and both members of the pair construct the nest, although only the female incubates the 1–2 eggs.

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

Recommended Citation

Spotted Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum maculatum), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: