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Fulvous-crowned Scrub-Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Renato Santos
Irati, Parana, Brazil, 2021-09-11

Alternative name: Rufous-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant

Euscarthmus meloryphus


10-10.5 cm
Plain wings (slightly paler tips of greater and median coverts hint at wing bars), quite plain face, semi-concealed tawny patch on the top of its head, hints of breast being darker grey than belly.


South America: found in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina and possibly south-eastern Peru.


This species was formerly included in Tawny-crowned Pygmy Tyrant together with Fulvous-crowned Scrub-Tyrant.


There are two subspecies, widely separated from each other[1]:

  • E. m. paulus:
  • E. m. meloryphus:


Scrubland, dry forest edges, dry savanna and pastures with a little scrub. Found to 700 m asl (occasionally higher such as to 1000 m in Colombia).


Southern birds might be migratory.

Feeding mostly near or on the ground in scrub, and not associated with mixed species flocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC proposal to change name for members of the genus Euscarthmus to Scrub-Tyrants
  3. Fitzpatrick, J. W., J. del Hoyo, G. M. Kirwan, and N. Collar (2021). Rufous-crowned Pygmy-Tyrant (Euscarthmus meloryphus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (H. F. Greeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.tacpyt1.01

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