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Crowned Slaty Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Carlos Henrique
Penápolis - SP - Brazil, December 2007
Empidonomus aurantioatrocristatus

Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus


Length 17cm. A mid-sized flycatcher of typical morph but with drab dark plumage and no wing bars. Upperparts dark grey, underparts slilghtly lighter. A black cap with a hidden bright yellow patch are the most diagnostic markings for this species.


Brazil and Bolivia to Argentina, on east slope of Andes only. During the austral winter, it migrates into the mostly western and central Amazon Basin as a non-breeding resident. It is resident southward to central latitudes of Argentina.
It has occurred as a vagrant in both Panama and Louisiana[2].


Crowned Slaty Flycatcher is placed in its own genus (Griseotyrannus) by some authorities[2] (discussion in this thread).


There are two subspecies[1]:

  • E. a. pallidiventris:
  • Eastern Brazil (Rio Tapajos to northern Goi southern and Piau¡)
  • E. a. aurantioatrocristatus:
  • Bolivia to northern Argentina and southern Brazil; winters north to western Amazonia


Tall, dry woods, forest edges, savannahs with trees.


Typical behaviour for a flycatcher - returns to a favorite perch repeatedly after sorties to collect insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds

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