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Nominate subspecies
Photo by Steve Sanchez
Tingo Maria National Park, Peru, July 2015
Myiornis ecaudatus


6·5 cm (2½ in); slender bill, virtually no tail

  • Grey head with blackish lores
  • White "spectacles"
  • Bright olive-green back
  • Black wings and tail
  • Yellowish underparts
  • Pale olive marks on chest and flanks
  • Yellow edges to inner flight feathers

The sexes are similar


Photo by Marcelo Padua
Sao Jose do Rio Claro, Brazil

Northern and central South America: Colombia and Trinidad to the Guianas, and Amazonian areas in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.



Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M.e. miserabilis:
  • M.e. ecaudatus:


Tall humid forests, clearings and edges.



They build a ball shaped nest from moss and fibre it has a side entrance. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs with brownish or cinnamon spots.


The diet consists almost entirely of insects usually foraged from high in the canopy.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  4. Avibirds

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