Birds of Colombia

FLYCATCHERS, tyraNnulets, TYRANTS | ATRAPAMOSCAS, TIRANUELOS, PICOCHATOS

This is the largest and diverse family of birds in the country with 207 species, and 400 in the rest of our continent. Found in all habitats from sea to the high mountain ranges. Includes species that are very difficult to identify and are only distinguished by their songs. They are members of suborder Tiranii which are birds that do not have the sophisticated vocal capabilities of most other song birds (suboscines). Aerial birds using different flying techniques some open their tails while dipping. Locates insect prey from perch, then pursues and usually catches it in the air (hawking), and returns to the same perch. Long legs and perch low and in the open when not foraging. Bills are short, thin and hooked in some to pluck leaves or ground (gleaning) to obtain grubs. Sexes are somewhat similar or difficult to tell apart. Tails are not cocked but straight. Non-shy birds but solitary. Most are drab colored olive-green or grey birds, sometimes with yellow in the underparts. The Vermillon flycatcher with a vibrant red color is a striking exception.

Constituye el grupo más variado y diverso en el país con 207 especies y con un total de 400 en el continente. Se encuentran en todos los pisos térmicos. Incluye especies muy díficiles de identificar y que solo se reconocen por su canto. Pertenecen grupo de oscines que no tienen la capacidad de emitir cantos sofisticados como las aves canoras. Despliegan técnicas de vuelo para atrapar sus presas. Generalmente regresan a sus perchas luego de atrapar insectos. Sexos de similar apariencia y de cola corta. No son tímidos y se encuentran generalmente solitarios. De color oliva verdoso o grises y algo de amarillo. El vermillón o titiribí es de color rojo como excepción.

VERMILLION FLYCATCHER

Name in English: Vermillion Flycatcher
Name in Spanish: Titiribí
Order: Passeriformes 
Family: Tyrannidae
Scientific Name: Pyrocephalus rubinus
Size/Tamaño: 6 in | 15 cm 
Status: 
Location: Valle del Cauca, Altura 1000 m 
Notes: 


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Vermillion flycatcher, Titiribí, Pyrocephalus rubinus

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Vermillion flycatcher, Titiribí, Pyrocephalus rubinus

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CATTLE TYRANT

Name in English: Cattle Tyrant
Name in Spanish: Atrapamoscas Ganadero, Sirirí Bueyero
Order: Passeriformes 
Family: Tyrannidae
Scientific Name: Machetornis rixosa
Size/Tamaño: 7.9 in | 20 cm 
Status: 
Location: Valle del Cauca, Meta y Norte de Colombia
Altura: <3300 m 
Notes: 


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Vermillion flycatcher, Titiribí, Pyrocephalus rubinus

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TROPICAL KINGBIRD

Name in English: Tropical Kingbird
Name in Spanish:  Sirirí Común
Order: Passeriformes 
Family: Tyrannidae
Scientific Name:Tyrannus melancholicus
Size/Tamaño: 8.75 in | 22 cm 
Status: 
Location: All over the country
Altura: < 2800 m
Notes: 
Photos by: Luis A. Materón ©

Tropical Kingbird, Siriri Comun, Tyrannus melancholicus

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GREAT KISKADEE

Name in English: Great Kiskadee
Name in Spanish:  Sirirí Común
Order: Passeriformes 
Family: Tyrannidae
Scientific Name:Pitangus sulphuratus
Size/Tamaño: 8 in | 20 cm 
Status: 
Location: Valle del Cauca and Llanos
Altura: < 1500 m
Notes: 
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Tropical Kingbird, Siriri Comun, Tyrannus melancholicus

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ORDER PASSERIFORMES
FAMILY TYRANNIDAE - FAMILIA TYRANNIDAE

Species of the family Tyraniddae to photograph 
Species de la familia Tyrannidae por fotografiar
Scientific
name
Name in
Spanish
Name in
English
Phyllomyias burmeisteri Tiranuelo Cejiblanco Rough-legged Tyrannulet
Phyllomyias griseiceps Tiranuelo Cabecigrís Sooty-headed Tyrannulet
Phyllomyias nigrocapillus Tiranuelo Cabecinegro Black-capped Tyrannulet
Phyllomyias cinereiceps Tiranuelo Cenizo Ashy-headed Tyrannulet
Phyllomyias uropygialis Tiranuelo Culirrufo Tawny-rumped Tyrannulet
Phyllomyias plumbeiceps Tiranuelo Plomizo Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet
Tyrannulus elatus Tiranuelo Coronado Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
Myiopagis gaimardii Elenia Selvática Forest Elaenia
Myiopagis caniceps Elenia Gris Gray Elaenia
Myiopagis olallai Elenia de piedemonte Foothill Elaenia
Myiopagis viridicata Elenia Verdosa Greenish Elaenia
Elaenia flavogaster Elenia Copetona Yellow-bellied Elaenia
Elaenia martinica Elenia Caribeña Caribbean Elaenia
Elaenia spectabilis Elenia Austral Large Elaenia
Elaenia albiceps Elenia Buchiblanca White-crested Elaenia
Elaenia parvirostris Elenia Piquicorta Small-billed Elaenia
Elaenia strepera Elenia Gris Slaty Elaenia
Elaenia gigas Elenia Gigante Mottle-backed Elaenia
Elaenia pelzelni Elenia Mirla Brownish Elaenia
Elaenia cristata Elenia Crestada Plain-crested Elaenia
Elaenia chiriquensis Elenia Chica Lesser Elaenia
Elaenia ruficeps Elenia Crestirrufa Rufous-crowned Elaenia
Elaenia frantzii Elenia Montañera Mountain Elaenia
Elaenia pallatangae Elenia Serrana Sierran Elaenia
Ornithion brunneicapillus Tiranuelo Cejón Brown-capped Tyrannulet
Ornithion inerme Tiranuelo Alipunteado White-lored Tyrannulet
Camptostoma obsoletum Tiranuelo Silbador Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Mecocerculus poecilocercus Tiranuelo Coliblanco White-tailed Tyrannulet
Mecocerculus stictopterus Tiranuelo Colilargo White-banded Tyrannulet
Mecocerculus leucophrys Tiranuelo Gorgiblanco White-throated Tyrannulet
Mecocerculus minor Tiranuelo Azufrado Sulphur-bellied Tyrannulet
Anairetes parulus Cachudito Paramuno Tufted Tit-Tyrant
Uromyias agilis Cachudito Rabilargo Agile Tit-Tyrant
Serpophaga cinerea Tiranuelo Salta-arroyo Torrent Tyrannulet
Serpophaga hypoleuca Tiranuelo Ribereño River Tyrannulet
Phaeomyias murina Tiranuelo Murino Mouse-colored Tyrannulet
Capsiempis flaveola Tiranuelo Amarillo Yellow Tyrannulet
Polystictus pectoralis Tachuri Barbado Bearded Tachuri
Pseudocolopteryx acutipennis Doradito Lagunero Subtropical Doradito
Pseudotriccus pelzelni Tiranuelo Broncioliva Bronze-olive Pygmy-Tyrant
Pseudotriccus ruficeps Tiranuelo Encapuchado Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant
Corythopis torquatus Atrapamoscas Collarejo Ringed Antpipit
Euscarthmus meloryphus Tiranuelo Pico-de-tuna Tawny-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant
Stigmatura napensis Tiranuelo Coludo Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant
Zimmerius vilissimus Tiranuelo de Anteojos Paltry Tyrannulet
Zimmerius improbus Tiranuelo Venezolano Venezuelan Tyrannulet
Zimmerius albigularis Tiranuelo del Chocó Choco Tyrannulet
Zimmerius gracilipes Tiranuelo Amazónico Slender-footed Tyrannulet
Zimmerius chrysops Tiranuelo Cejiamarillo Golden-faced Tyrannulet
Zimmerius minimus Tiranuelo Cejiamarillo Coopmans’ Tyrannulet
Phylloscartes poecilotis Atrapamoscas Variegado Variegated Bristle-Tyrant
Phylloscartes ophthalmicus Atrapamoscas Marmóreo Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant
Phylloscartes lanyoni Tiranuelo Antioqueño Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant
Phylloscartes orbitalis Atrapamoscas de Anteojos Spectacled Bristle-Tyrant
Phylloscartes gualaquizae Tiranuelo Ecuatoriano Ecuadorian Tyrannulet
Phylloscartes superciliaris Tiranuelo de Visera Rufous-browed Tyrannulet
Mionectes striaticollis Atrapamoscas Estriado Streak-necked Flycatcher
Mionectes olivaceus Atrapamoscas Oliváceo Olive-striped Flycatcher
Mionectes oleagineus Atrapamoscas Ocráceo Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
Leptopogon amaurocephalus Atrapamoscas Sepia Sepia-capped Flycatcher
Leptopogon superciliaris Atrapamoscas Orejinegro Slaty-capped Flycatcher
Leptopogon rufipectus Atrapamoscas Pechirrufo Rufous-breasted Flycatcher
Sublegatus arenarum Atrapamoscas Rastrojero Northern Scrub-Flycatcher
Sublegatus obscurior Atrapamoscas Llanero Amazonian Scrub-Flycatcher
Sublegatus modestus Atrapamoscas Gorgigrís Southern Scrub-Flycatcher
Inezia tenuirostris Tiranuelo Diminuto Slender-billed Tyrannulet
Inezia subflava Tiranuelo Pantanero Amazonian Tyrannulet
Inezia caudata Tiranuelo Colipinto Pale-tipped Tyrannulet
Myiotriccus ornatus Atrapamoscas Ornado Ornate Flycatcher
Myiornis atricapillus Tiranuelo Capirotado Black-capped Pygmy-Tyrant
Myiornis ecaudatus Tiranuelo Colimocho Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant
Oncostoma cinereigulare Piquitorcido Cinéreo Northern Bentbill
Oncostoma olivaceum Piquitorcido Oliváceo Southern Bentbill
Lophotriccus pileatus Tiranuelo Crestibarrado Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant
Lophotriccus vitiosus Tiranuelo Alibarrado Double-banded Pygmy-Tyrant
Lophotriccus galeatus Tiranuelo Empenachado Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant
Atalotriccus pilaris Tiranuelo Ojiamarillo Pale-eyed Pygmy-Tyrant
Hemitriccus zosterops Picochato Ojiblanco White-eyed Tody-Tyrant
Hemitriccus iohannis Picochato Amazónico Johannes’ Tody-Tyrant
Hemitriccus striaticollis Picochato Rayado Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant
Hemitriccus margaritaceiventer Picochato Perlado Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant
Hemitriccus granadensis Picochato Carinegro Black-throated Tody-Tyrant
Poecilotriccus ruficeps Tiranuelo Coronado Rufous-crowned Tody-Flycatcher
Poecilotriccus capitalis Tiranuelo Blanquinegro Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher
Poecilotriccus latirostris Espatulilla Rubicunda Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher
Poecilotriccus sylvia Espatulilla Rastrojera Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher
Poecilotriccus calopterus Espatulilla Alidorada Golden-winged Tody-Flycatcher
Todirostrum maculatum Espatulilla Manchada Spotted Tody-Flycatcher
Todirostrum cinereum Espatulilla Común Common Tody-Flycatcher
Todirostrum nigriceps Espatulilla Cabecinegra Black-headed Tody-Flycatcher
Todirostrum pictum Espatulilla Pintada Painted Tody-Flycatcher
Todirostrum chrysocrotaphum Espatulilla Collareja Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher
Cnipodectes subbrunneus Atrapamoscas Zumbador Brownish Twistwing
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus Picoplano Oliváceo Olivaceous Flatbill
Rhynchocyclus brevirostris Picoplano de Anteojos Eye-ringed Flatbill
Rhynchocyclus pacificus Picoplano Chocoano Pacific Flatbill
Rhynchocyclus fulvipectus Picoplano Pectoral Fulvous-breasted Flatbill
Tolmomyias sulphurescens Picoplano Azufrado Yellow-olive Flycatcher
Tolmomyias traylori Picoplano Ojiamarillo Orange-eyed Flycatcher
Tolmomyias assimilis Picoplano Aliamarillo Yellow-margined Flycatcher
Tolmomyias poliocephalus Picoplano Diminuto Gray-crowned Flycatcher
Tolmomyias flaviventris Picoplano Pechiamarillo Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
Platyrinchus saturatus Pico-de-pala Rufo Cinnamon-crested Spadebill
Platyrinchus mystaceus Pico-de-pala Crestiamarillo White-throated Spadebill
Platyrinchus coronatus Pico-de-pala Coronado Golden-crowned Spadebill
Platyrinchus flavigularis Pico-de-pala Gorgiamarillo Yellow-throated Spadebill
Platyrinchus platyrhynchos Pico-de-pala Canelo White-crested Spadebill
Onychorhynchus coronatus Atrapamoscas-real Amazónico Royal Flycatcher
Myiophobus flavicans Atrapamoscas Amarillento Flavescent Flycatcher
Myiophobus phoenicomitra Atrapamoscas Coronirrufo Orange-crested Flycatcher
Myiophobus roraimae Atrapamoscas de Roraima Roraiman Flycatcher
Myiophobus fasciatus Atrapamoscas Pechirrayado Bran-colored Flycatcher
Myiobius villosus Atrapamoscas Leonado Tawny-breasted Flycatcher
Myiobius barbatus Atrapamoscas Bigotudo Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher
Myiobius atricaudus Atrapamoscas Colinegro Black-tailed Flycatcher
Terenotriccus erythrurus Atrapamoscas Colirrufo Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher
Neopipo cinnamomea Atrapamoscas-saltarín Canelo Cinnamon Manakin-Tyrant
Pyrrhomyias cinnamomeus Atrapamoscas Canelo Cinnamon Flycatcher
Hirundinea ferruginea Atrapamoscas Risquero Cliff Flycatcher
Nephelomyias pulcher Atrapamoscas Elegante Handsome Flycatcher
Lathrotriccus euleri Atrapamoscas de Euler Euler’s Flycatcher
Aphanotriccus audax Atrapamoscas Piquinegro Black-billed Flycatcher
Cnemotriccus fuscatus Atrapamoscas Pardusco Fuscous Flycatcher
Empidonax flaviventris Atrapamoscas Buchiamarillo Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Empidonax virescens Atrapamoscas Verdoso Acadian Flycatcher
Empidonax traillii Atrapamoscas Saucero Willow Flycatcher
Empidonax minimus Atrapamoscas Mínimo Least Flycatcher
Empidonax alnorum Atrapamoscas Alisero Alder Flycatcher
Contopus cooperi Pibí Boreal Olive-sided Flycatcher
Contopus fumigatus Pibí Oscuro Smoke-colored Pewee
Contopus sordidulus Pibí Occidental Western Wood-Pewee
Contopus virens Pibí Oriental Eastern Wood-Pewee
Contopus cinereus Pibí Tropical Tropical Pewee
Mitrephanes phaeocercus Atrapamoscas Moñudo Tufted Flycatcher
Sayornis nigricans Atrapamoscas Cuidapuentes Black Phoebe
Knipolegus orenocensis Atrapamoscas Playero Riverside Tyrant
Knipolegus poecilurus Atrapamoscas Ojirrojo Rufous-tailed Tyrant
Knipolegus poecilocercus Atrapamoscas Renegrido Amazonian Black-Tyrant
Ochthornis littoralis Pitajo Ribereño Drab Water Tyrant
Satrapa icterophrys Atrapamoscas Cejiamarillo Yellow-browed Tyrant
Muscisaxicola fluviatilis Dormilona Fluvial Little Ground-Tyrant
Muscisaxicola maculirostris Dormilona Chica Spot-billed Ground-Tyrant
Muscisaxicola albilora Dormilona Cejiblanca White-browed Ground-Tyrant
Muscisaxicola alpinus Dormilona Cenicienta Plain-capped Ground-Tyrant
Agriornis montanus Atrapamoscas Coliblanco Black-billed Shrike-Tyrant
Myiotheretes striaticollis Atrapamoscas Chiflaperro Streak-throated Bush-Tyrant
Myiotheretes pernix Atrapamoscas de Santa Marta Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant
Myiotheretes fumigatus Atrapamoscas Tiznado Smoky Bush-Tyrant
Cnemarchus erythropygius Atrapamoscas Culirrojo Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant
Fluvicola pica Viudita Blanquinegra Pied Water-Tyrant
Fluvicola nengeta Viudita Enmascarada Masked Water-Tyrant
Arundinicola leucocephala Monjita Pantanera White-headed Marsh-Tyrant
Ochthoeca frontalis Pitajo Coronado Crowned Chat-Tyrant
Ochthoeca diadema Pitajo de Diadema Yellow-bellied Chat-Tyrant
Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris Pitajo Torrentero Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant
Ochthoeca rufipectoralis Pitajo Pechirrufo Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant
Ochthoeca fumicolor Pitajo Ahumado Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant
Colonia colonus Atrapamoscas Rabijunco Long-tailed Tyrant
Muscigralla brevicauda Tiranuelo Colicorto Short-tailed Field Tyrant
Machetornis rixosa Sirirí Bueyero Cattle Tyrant
Legatus leucophaius Atrapamoscas Pirata Piratic Flycatcher
Myiozetetes cayanensis Suelda Crestinegra Rusty-margined Flycatcher
Myiozetetes similis Suelda Social Social Flycatcher
Myiozetetes granadensis Suelda Cabecigrís Gray-capped Flycatcher
Myiozetetes luteiventris Sirirí Pechirrayado Dusky-chested Flycatcher
Phelpsia inornata Suelda Simple White-bearded Flycatcher
Pitangus lictor Bichofué Chico Lesser Kiskadee
Conopias albovittatus Suelda Aureolada White-ringed Flycatcher
Conopias parvus Suelda Gargantiamarilla Yellow-throated Flycatcher
Conopias cinchoneti Suelda Cejiamarilla Lemon-browed Flycatcher
Myiodynastes chrysocephalus Atrapamoscas Lagartero Golden-crowned Flycatcher
Myiodynastes luteiventris Atrapamoscas Sulfurado Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Myiodynastes maculatus Sirirí Rayado Streaked Flycatcher
Megarynchus pitangua Bichofué Picudo Boat-billed Flycatcher
Tyrannopsis sulphurea Sirirí Colimocho Sulphury Flycatcher
Empidonomus varius Atrapamoscas Veteado Variegated Flycatcher
Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus Atrapamoscas Coronidorado Crowned Slaty Flycatcher
Tyrannus niveigularis Sirirí Sureño Snowy-throated Kingbird
Tyrannus albogularis Sirirí Brasileño White-throated Kingbird
Tyrannus couchii Sirirí de Couch Couch's Kingbird
Tyrannus forficatus Tijereta Rosada Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus savana Sirirí Tijeretón Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus tyrannus Sirirí Norteño Eastern Kingbird
Tyrannus dominicensis Sirirí Gris Gray Kingbird
Rhytipterna holerythra Plañidera Rufa Rufous Mourner
Rhytipterna simplex Plañidera Grisácea Grayish Mourner
Rhytipterna immunda Plañidera Sabanera Pale-bellied Mourner
Sirystes albogriseus Atrapamoscas Silbador Choco Sirystes
Sirystes albocinereus Atrapamoscas Silbador White-rumped Sirystes
Myiarchus tuberculifer Atrapamoscas Cabecinegro Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Myiarchus swainsoni Atrapamoscas de Swainson Swainson’s Flycatcher
Myiarchus venezuelensis Atrapamoscas Venezolano Venezuelan Flycatcher
Myiarchus panamensis Atrapamoscas Panameño Panama Flycatcher
Myiarchus ferox Atrapamoscas Garrochero Short-crested Flycatcher
Myiarchus apicalis Atrapamoscas Apical Apical Flycatcher
Myiarchus cephalotes Atrapamoscas Montañero Pale-edged Flycatcher
Myiarchus crinitus Atrapamoscas Copetón Great Crested Flycatcher
Myiarchus tyrannulus Atrapamoscas Crestipardo Brown-crested Flycatcher
Ramphotrigon megacephalum Picoplano Cabezón Large-headed Flatbill
Ramphotrigon ruficauda Picoplano Colirrufo Rufous-tailed Flatbill
Ramphotrigon fuscicauda Picoplano Alibarrado Dusky-tailed Flatbill
Attila cinnamomeus Atila Acanelado Cinnamon Attila
Attila torridus Atila Ocráceo Ochraceous Attila
Attila citriniventris Atila Cabecigrís Citron-bellied Attila
Attila bolivianus Atila Amazónico Dull-capped Attila
Attila spadiceus Atila Culiamarillo Bright-rumped Attila