Black-capped Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias nigrocapillus) - HBW 9, p. 261
French: Tyranneau à tête noire
Spanish: Mosquerito Capirotado
Taxonomy: T[yrannulus] nigro-capillus Lafresnaye, 1845, “Bogotá”, Colombia.
Genus as presently constituted may be polyphyletic; objective phylogenetic analysis, using molecular characters as well as anatomical ones, is required in order to define generic limits. Anatomical evidence suggests that P. fasciatus, P. griseocapilla and P. griseiceps may be unrelated to others of genus, some or all of which possibly better placed in resurrected genus Tyranniscus. Present species was for long placed in latter genus. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- flavimentum (Chapman, 1912) - Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
- nigrocapillus (Lafresnaye, 1845) - Andes of extreme W Venezuela, Colombia (except Santa Marta), W & E Ecuador and E Peru (S to Junín).
- aureus (J. T. Zimmer, 1941) - Andes of W Venezuela (S Lara S to N Táchira).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird flitting in a tree. Locality Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador (ssp nigrocapillus)
Richard Garrigues 12 February 2010 2 years ago 12 sec 3
One ind foraging in the subcanopy in highland forest. Locality Medellín, Antioquía Department, Colombia (ssp nigrocapillus)
Diego Calderon - COLOMBIA... 1 January 2006 3 years ago 8 sec 2.8