Golden crowned Spadebill (Platyrinchus coronatus)

Golden-crowned Spadebill

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Platyrinchus coronatus | [UK] Golden-crowned Spadebill | [FR] Platyrhynque a tete d’or | [DE] Goldkappen-Breitschnabeltyrann | [ES] Picoplano Coronado | [IT] Beccopiatto corona dorata | [NL] Geelkap-breedbektiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Platyrinchus coronatus LA Honduras to nw Ecuador, Amazonia
Platyrinchus coronatus coronatus
Platyrinchus coronatus gumia
Platyrinchus coronatus superciliaris

Physical charateristics

Bird with broad flat bill and short tail. It is olive above with a broad orange rufous crown and a cetner yellow stripe on crown. Lores, eyering and eyestripe yellow and a blck patch below the eye. Cheeks, underparts and breast yellowish with olive like faint breast band.

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size min.: 8 cm size max.: 9 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist


Nest is a finely constructed cup made out of fibres and bound with spidercop. It is placed in the fork of a branch 1-4 meter above ground. Clutch size is 2 eggs, no further data.

Feeding habits

Forages from low perch to sally and dart prey from understorey branches and leafs.Mostly beetles and other insects, sallies up to 10 meter.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,200,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ 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.
Golden-crowned Spadebill status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Golden-crowned Spadebill range map


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