Sulphury Flycatcher (Tyrannopsis sulphurea)

Sulphury Flycatcher

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Tyrannopsis sulphurea | [UK] Sulphury Flycatcher | [FR] Tyran des palmiers | [DE] Schwefeltyrann | [ES] Tirano Palmero | [IT] Pigliamosche sulfureo | [NL] Zwaveltiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Empidonomus sulphurea
Tyrannopsis sulphurea SA Amazonia

Physical charateristics

The adult Sulphury Flycatcher is 20.3cm long and weighs 54g. The head and neck are dark grey, and there is a concealed yellow crown stripe. The upperparts are olive, and the wings and tail are brown. The underparts are yellow with a greenish tint to the upper breast and a white throat. The black bill is short and broad. This species resembles the Tropical Kingbird, but is shorter, stockier, and has a shorter bill. The call is a loud squealing jweeez, quite different from the Kingbird?s twittering.

Listen to the sound of Sulphury Flycatcher

[audio: Flycatcher.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It is found in Trinidad, the Guianas and Venezuela south to Amazonian Peru, northern Bolivia and Brazil.


This large tyrant flycatcher is found in savannah habitat with Moriche Palms.


The nest is an open cup of sticks in the crown of a Moriche Palm, and the typical clutch is two cream-coloured eggs blotched with brown.

Feeding habits

Sulphury Flycatchers wait on an exposed perch high in a palm and sally out to catch insects in flight. They will also take some berries.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,500,000 km

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