Olivaceous Flatbill (Rhynchocyclus olivaceus)

Olivaceous Flatbill

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Rhynchocyclus olivaceus | [UK] Olivaceous Flatbill | [FR] Platyrhynque olivatre | [DE] Oliv-Breitschnabeltyrann | [ES] Picoplano Olivaceo | [IT] Beccopiatto olivaceo | [NL] Groene Breedbektiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus LA Panama through Amazonia, e Brazil
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus aequinoctialis
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus bardus
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus flavus
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus guianensis
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus jelambianus
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus mirus
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus olivaceus
Rhynchocyclus olivaceus sordidus

Physical charateristics

Above olive-green with dusky wings edged olive-buff. Tail greyish with olive-green edges. Throat and breast greysih-olive slightly streaked yellow, rest of underparts pale yellow, becoming olive colored at the sides. Sexes are alike with black upper and flesh colored lower mandible.

Listen to the sound of Olivaceous Flatbill

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size min.: 15 cm size max.: 16 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical swamps. Found in most of Amazonia and the coastal forests from Pernambuco to Rio de Janeiro, this bird lives alone or among mixed-species flocks in forests and capoeiras.


Builds a pear shaped nest with a entrance at the bottom. Often neighboring wasp nests. Clutch 2-3 eggs. No further data. It uses the nest for sleeping even outside the mating season.

Feeding habits

Forages for anthropods by perch gleaning. Picks prey with short sallies from underside of leafs and branches. Often seen in at the edge of understorey and commonly in mixed-species flocks. When hunting, it perches for a few moments, examines the surroundings, then swiftly flies away to catch insects in the foliage, quickly reassuming its perch.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,700,000 km

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