Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant Phylloscartes venezuelanus


This species, which is, as its name suggests, endemic to Venezuela, is confined to a relatively small area of the country’s northern coastal cordillera, where it can be found in wet cloud forest at elevations of 950 to 1400 m, at least. The Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant is considered to form a superspecies with the Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes orbitalis) and Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes lanyoni); of those species of Phylloscartes formerly placed in the genus Pogonotriccus, the present species overlaps geographically only with the Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes ophthalmicus). These two species are very similar and probably best distinguished by voice, although the pale yellow wingbars of the Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant are usually obviously broader and paler than those of the Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant. The Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant is a relatively poorly known bird, but what we know of its habits suggest its behavior is similar to those of other ‘Pogonotriccus’.

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

Recommended Citation

Venezuelan Bristle-Tyrant (Phylloscartes venezuelanus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: