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Hazel-fronted Pygmy Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Pseudotriccus simplex


11-11.5 cm (4¼-4½ in). A very small, dark Pygmy Tyrant with a bronzy forecrown.

  • Strongly tinged rufous forecrown, lores , eyering and side of head
  • Dark brownish-olive rest of upperparts, crown slightly darker than back, longer and broader crown feathers forming bushy crest (rarely raised)
  • Dark brownish-olive wings, wing-coverts and inner remiges diffusely edged warmer brown to rufous
  • Dark brownish-olive tail
  • Creamy whitish chin and throat
  • Olive breast and flanks
  • Creamy yellow belly and undertail-coverts

Sexes similar, juveniles have less rufous on forecrown and are brighter yellow on underparts.


Eastern slope of Andes of southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia.
An uncommon and not well known restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Bronze-olive Pygmy Tyrant and is sometimes considered conspecific with it.


Found in humid montane forest and dense cloudforest.
Occurs from 1100 to 2100 m.


Usually seen singly or in pairs.


Feeds on arthropods. Forages just above the ground in dense forest undergrowth, perching on vertical or horizontal twigs. Prey captured with short upward strikes.


Birds with enlarged gonads recorded in August and September in Peru. No other information.


This is a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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