Common Tody Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)

Common Tody-Flycatcher

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Todirostrum cinereum | [UK] Common Tody-Flycatcher | [FR] Todirostre familier | [DE] Graugelb-Todityrann | [ES] Titiriji Comun | [IT] Becco di todo cinereo | [NL] Geelbuik-schoffelsnavel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Todirostrum cinereum LA s Mexico to ne Argentina
Todirostrum cinereum cearae
Todirostrum cinereum cinereum
Todirostrum cinereum coloreum
Todirostrum cinereum finitimum
Todirostrum cinereum peruanum
Todirostrum cinereum sclateri
Todirostrum cinereum virididorsale
Todirostrum cinereum wetmorei

Physical charateristics

It breeds from southern Mexico to northwestern Peru, eastern Bolivia and southern Brazil.

No sound available

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 10 cm size max.: 11 cm
incubation min.: 15 days incubation max.: 16 days
fledging min.: 16 days fledging max.: 17 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


It breeds from southern Mexico to northwestern Peru, eastern Bolivia and southern Brazil.


It is a very common inhabitant in gardens, shady plantations, second growth and the edges and clearings of forest, although it avoids the dense interior of mature woodland and also arid areas.


It breeds from sea level to 1150 m altitude, locally 1500 m. Both male and female build a pouch nest with a visored side entrance, which is suspended from a thin branch or vine 1-5 m high in a tree, occasionally up to 30 m. The female incubates the two usually unspotted white eggs for 15-16 days to hatching.

Feeding habits

The Common Tody-Flycatcher is usually seen in pairs, making rapid dashing sallies or hovering to pick small arthropods off the vegetation[1]. It often wags its tail as it moves sideways along branches.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 8,100,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Common Tody-Flycatcher status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Common Tody-Flycatcher range map


Title The duration of parental care in the Common Tody Flycatcher
Abstract: The nesting habits of the Common Tody Flycatcher (..[more]..
Source: Auk: Vol. 95, No. 1

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