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Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant

Atalotriccus pilaris

The Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant, Atalotriccus pilaris, is a diminutive avian species belonging to the Tyrannidae family. It is the sole representative of the monotypic genus Atalotriccus.

Identification Tips

This species can be recognized by its modest size and the distinctive pale coloration of its eyes, which stand out against its otherwise unassuming plumage.


The Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant favors the subtropical or tropical dry forests, as well as the moist lowland forests, where it can be observed flitting among the foliage.


The bird's range extends across several countries in South America, including Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Panama, and Venezuela.


Observations of this species reveal a bird that is well-adapted to its forested environment, exhibiting behaviors typical of the Tyrannidae family.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant as Least Concern, indicating that, for the moment, the species does not face any imminent threats to its survival.

The Pale-eyed Pygmy Tyrant, with its understated appearance and specialized habitat preferences, is a fine example of the incredible diversity within the Tyrannidae family. Birdwatchers in the forests of South America would do well to keep an eye out for this small but distinctive bird.

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