Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis)

Rusty-margined Flycatcher

Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Myiozetetes cayanensis | [UK] Rusty-margined Flycatcher | [FR] Tyran de Cayenne | [DE] Rotschwingen-Tyrann | [ES] Bienteveo Alicastano | [NL] Roestvleugeltiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Myiozetetes cayanensis LA Panama to se Brazil
Myiozetetes cayanensis cayanensis
Myiozetetes cayanensis erythropterus
Myiozetetes cayanensis hellmayri
Myiozetetes cayanensis rufipennis

Physical charateristics

It looks very similar to the Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) with its broad white supercilium (not joining at the nape), its short stubby bill and the yellow underparts apart from the white throat. It is distinguished from the Social Flycatcher by the rufous margins on the wing feathers and its browner, less olive back.

Listen to the sound of Rusty-margined Flycatcher

[audio: Flycatcher.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 16 cm size max.: 18 cm
incubation min.: 16 days incubation max.: 17 days
fledging min.: 19 days fledging max.: 17 days
broods: 2   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Latin America : Panama to Southeast Brazil


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest. It likes to be near water and is to be seen in forest clearings and forest borders


The nest is an untidy domed ball of long and dead grasses with a wide side entrance built in a tree 2-4 meter above ground. Only the female, incubates for about 16 days.
This bird is one of the commonest breeding birds in Surinam. The birds are strictly territorial. Breeding takes place all through the year. Apart from its shrill call which is uttered by both birds while flapping their wings in a duet, a special alarm call for hawks and hawk-like birds is described. The nest is an untidy ball with a wide side entrance, and the male may on occasion help build it. A newly started nest is often pulled down and the material from it used for the next trial. Nest-building lasts from 9-14 days. The eggs are laid on alternate days. Nine full clutches contained six of two eggs and three of three eggs. Incubation is by one bird only and lasted 16 days. The nestling period lasted 19 days and the fledglings were fed for another 20 days. Predators are the Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphurat~s) which pilfers nests, the Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus Zeucophaius) which takes over inhabited nests, and the Yellow-headed Caracara (1!fiZvago chimachima) which robs nests. (Haverschmidt, 1971 Wilson Bulletin).

Feeding habits

Often forages in pairs, hunting by perching in the open and sallying or hawking for prey. Will also eat fruit.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Rusty-margined Flycatcher status Least Concern


Not known, might by partially migrant

Distribution map

Rusty-margined Flycatcher distribution range map

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