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A photo of a Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum poliocephalum)
Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher

Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher

Todirostrum poliocephalum

The Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher, also known as the Grey-headed Tody-Flycatcher, is a diminutive and charming bird, a member of the Tyrannidae family. With an average length of a mere 8.8 centimeters and a weight of approximately 6.8 grams, this species is a dainty presence in its natural environment.

Identification Tips

This species can be identified by its distinctive yellow lore, the region between the eye and the beak, which contrasts with its grey head. Its small stature may make it a challenge to spot amongst the foliage.


The Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher thrives in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is also known to inhabit heavily degraded former forests, adapting to urban parks and gardens where it continues to flourish.


Endemic to Brazil, the Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher's range extends from Southern Bahia down to Santa Catarina, where it is a resident species.


This bird is often found flitting amongst the foliage, making it somewhat elusive due to its small size. Despite its inconspicuous nature, it constructs a conspicuous round nest from straw and leaves, which hangs from branches at a modest height above the ground and features a side entrance.


The female Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher lays two to three eggs per nesting season. She is solely responsible for incubating these eggs, a testament to her dedication as a parent.

Diet and Feeding

An insectivorous bird, the Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher feeds on small arthropods, which it likely captures with agility and precision.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Yellow-lored Tody-Flycatcher as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats to its survival.

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