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White-lored Tyrannulet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Amazonas, Brazil, February 2014
Ornithion inerme


8 cm (3 in).

  • Grey to dark grey crown
  • White supercilium which meet over the bill, faint white eyering, greyish rest of face
  • Greyish-olive upperparts
  • Dusky wings with two white wing-bars which are formed by spots
  • Dusky tail
  • White throat, grading into pale olive-yellow on breast
  • Pure pale yellow belly

Sexes similar, females are slightly smaller. Juveniles are duller.


East and southeast Colombia, south and southeast Venezuela and the Guianas south to east Ecuador, east Peru, north Bolivia and north, west and central Brazil (Amazonia east to east Pará and northwest Maranhão). Also an isolated population at the coast in east Brazil (Alagoas south to Rio de Janeiro).
Uncommon to locally common, often overlooked.


This is a monotypic species.


Moist lowland forests and swamps, also mature second growth. In the foothills often at edges and openings like treefalls or landslides.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1000 m, locally up to 1200 m.



Feeds on arthropods.
Usually seen singly or in pairs, sometimes in mixed-species flocks.
Forages actively, flitting from perch to perch in dense foliage, usually in the forest canopy, sometimes lower down along edges. Behaviour reminds of a parulid warbler or a vireo.


Juveniles and birds with enlarged gonads recorded in December in Peru. No other information.


Presumably 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. 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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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