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Subspecies chrysops
Photo by Robert_Scanlon
La Suiza, near Pereira, Colombia, May 2004
Zimmerius chrysops

Includes: Coopmans's Tyrannulet


Mostly olive above and greyish below. Face has much yellow, from above bill to above eye and again below lore. Wing feathers edged yellowish but wings bars not distinctive.


South America: found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru


Choco Tyrannulet has been split from this taxon.[1][2][3]


Zimmerius chrysops has four subspecies[1]:

  • Z. c. minimus
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • Z. c. cumanensis
  • Z. c. chrysops
  • Southern Colombia to Ecuador, northern Peru and north-western Venezuela

The subspecies flavidifrons and the southern population of subspecies chrysops (south of Rio Marañon) has been transferred to Peruvian Tyrannulet. Gill and Donsker recognise Coopmans's Tyrannulet, Zimmerius minimus as a separate species.[2]


Humid, wet, or cloud forests and adjacent clearings at mid elevation in mountains.



Feeds alone, in pairs, or with mixed species flocks. Often perching at conspicuous branches.


There are some vocal differences between different populations, including between northern and southern populations of subspecies chrysops.


Nest in hanging dry leaves.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v 11.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. SACC proposal to split Choco Tyrannulet

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