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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cajamarca, Peru January 2017
Myiophobus crypterythrus


  • Upperside greyish brown
  • Wings darker with two buff wing bars
  • Crown grey-brown with orange center (only seen when displaying)
  • Face grey with dark Lore and pale area above
  • Underside whitish with darker streaks on breast


South America: west of the Andes in southwestern Colombia, western Ecuador, and northwestern Peru (south to southwestern Cajamarca).


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered a part of Bran-colored Flycatcher.


Light woodland to shrubby clearings and gardens. Found in Lowlands to quite high in foothills.


Essentially unknown but expected to eat insects.


Dawn song describes as alternating two elements of which one is a two note whistle and the other a high frequency thin note. One element per second is the rule, and this can go on for minutes. At other times of day, listen for a high pitch laughing series preceded by a single whistle note.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231
  4. Kirwan, G. M., A. Farnsworth, J. del Hoyo, D. J. Lebbin, N. Collar, and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). Mouse-gray Flycatcher (Myiophobus crypterythrus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and N. D. Sly, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brcfly4.01

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