Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant (Euscarthmus rufomarginatus)

Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant

Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant (Euscarthmus rufomarginatus)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Euscarthmus rufomarginatus | [UK] Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant | [FR] Tyran pygmee a flancs roux | [DE] Gelbbauch-Todityrann | [ES] Tiranuelo Flanquirrufo | [NL] Geelbuikdwergtiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

Noteable features are the rich rufous flanks, the long tail often held cocked, the white throat and the pale yellow underparts. Two buffy wing-bars, but these are not always noticeable.

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South America : East, Central


Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.


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Feeding habits

Forages for anthropods and small fruit. Hunts just above ground in grassland, sallies for prey.


This species was thought to be declining rapidly as a result of the wholesale destruction of its cerrado habitats. However, unlike many other cerrado species, it is not restricted to the upland habitats of the Planalto Central, and also occurs in (less threatened) cerrado enclaves in the Amazon. As a result, its population is now thought to be declining less rapidly than previously believed, and consequently it is classified as Near Threatened.
Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant status Near Threatened


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant distribution range map

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