From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Igerito Phylloscartes ventralis.jpg
Mottle-cheeked tyrannulet
Phylloscartes ventralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Phylloscartes
Cabanis & Heine, 1859

Phylloscartes is a genus of small birds in the family Tyrannidae. They are found in wooded habitats of Central and South America. The mottled-cheeked tyrannulet is among the commonest birds in its range, but several other species are rare and threatened. Their plumage is predominantly green, yellow, white and grey, and many have contrasting facial patterns and wing-bars. They have thin, pointed bills, and relatively long tails. Most frequently cock their tail, perch relatively horizontally and are very active, though the bristle-tyrants, which often are places in a separate genus, Pogonotriccus, instead, generally do not cock their tail, perch more upright and are less active. They mainly feed on small arthropods, and most commonly take part in mixed species flocks.



Four species in this genus are endangered according to the IUCN. These are: Phylloscartes roquettei, Phylloscartes beckeri, Phylloscartes ceciliae and Phylloscartes lanyoni.


  • Fitzpatrick, J. W. (2004). Genera Phylloscartes and Pogonotriccus. pp. 298–305 in: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, & D. A. Christie. eds (2004), Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 9. Cotigas to Pittas and Wagtails. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-69-5