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Slaty-capped Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
San Martín, Peru, January 2017
Leptopogon superciliaris


Photo by Michael W
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, western foothills, north-western Ecuador, March 2007

13·5 cm (5¼ in)

  • Dark grey crown
  • Grey and white face
  • Grey supercilium
  • Black crescent ear patch
  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Dusky wings, two yellow wing bars
  • White throat
  • Greenish-yellow breast becoming yellow on the belly
  • Heavy bill is black upper mandible and pink-based lower mandible

Sexes are similar
Juveniles have a more olive crown, weaker face pattern, orange wing bars and paler underparts.

Similar Species

Variegated Bristle Tyrant


Central and South America
Central America: found in Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



Three subspecies recognized[1]:

  • L. s. transandinus:
  • Montane regions from Costa Rica to Venezuela (including the coastal ranges), and south through the Andes to south central Peru (Ayacucho)
  • L. s. superciliaris:
  • Coastal mountains and Andes of Venezuela south through Andes of Colombia (except for west slope of Western Andes) and east slope of Andes of Ecuador and Peru (south to the Apurímac Valley in Cuzco); also in Trinidad
  • L. s. albidiventer:
  • Southeast Peru (Cuzco and Puno) and yungas of western Bolivia


Humid montane forests, foothills, second growth and woodland edges.



They build a ball shaped nest with a side entrance, lined with fine plant fibres. It is suspended by a tendril or root and built in a heavily shaded area. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs. The chicks fledge about 20 days after hatching.


Their diet consists of insects caught in flight or on foliage, and berries. They may be seen in foraging in mixed species flocks.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)

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