Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura)  
Genus: Tolmomyias (7 species, 7 worldwide)


Zimmer's Flatbill
Zimmer's Flatbill (Tolmomyias assimilis)
Manaus, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Anselmo d'Affonseca   © All Rights Reserved.

Amazon version of Yellow-margined Flatbill. Note faint second wing bars because wing feathers only have yellow margin. Perhaps the best way to differentiate from Yellow-olive Flatbill is a white to pale yellow throat and chest. From Grey-crowned Flatbill note all white lower mandible.

Ochre-lored Flatbill
Ochre-lored Flatbill (Tolmomyias flaviventris aurulentus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Commonly called Yellow-breasted Flycatcher or Flatbill. Uniformly colored yellow. Note two bright yellow wing bars. Ochre lore difficult to see.

Yellow-margined Flatbill
Yellow-margined Flatbill (Tolmomyias flavotectus)
Anchicaya, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note the lack of wing bars from yellow only being on one edge of the primaries. The lower mandible is part dark, part light, and may appear dark if not seen from below.

Grey-crowned Flatbill
Grey-crowned Flatbill (Tolmomyias poliocephalus poliocephalus)
Inírida, Guainía, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note dark lower mandible (except at base) vs. Yellow-olive Flatbill, as well as overall lack of yellow.

Yellow-olive Flatbill
Yellow-olive Flatbill (Tolmomyias sulphurescens)
Rio Claro Canyon Reserve, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note pale lower mandible. Has wing bars unlike Yellow-margined Flatbill or Zimmer's Flatbill. Most races have a light-colored eye. Note broken eye-ring.
Nest.

Orange-eyed Flatbill
Orange-eyed Flatbill (Tolmomyias traylori)
Reserva Natural Escondite, Putumayo, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Note light pinkish colored eye and contrasting head and body color (Ochre-lored Flatbill is all yellow with dark eye). Found outside of the forest.

Olive-faced Flatbill
Olive-faced Flatbill (Tolmomyias viridiceps viridiceps)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia
  Note two yellow wing bars and olive back.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Split from the Yellow-breasted Flatbill (now called Ochre-lored Flatbill) and found in more humid habitats.
Crest raised.


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