Ochre-lored Flatbill (Tolmomyias flaviventris)
(aka Yellow-breasted Flatbill, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher)
Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Ilha São José, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

The Ochre-lored Flycatcher is found in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins and in northern Colombia, Venezuela and down the east coast of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It prefers várzea forest, light woodland and gallery woodland.

It is uniform yellowish-olive above with no grey on the crown and its wings are blackish with two conspicuous yellow wing-bars. Its most noticeable feature is the bright yellow below with some greyness on the breast and flanks. The bill is flat and dark above, pale below.

Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Jeremoabo, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image Following a paper by J.M.Bates, T.A.Parker III, A.P.Caparella & T.J.Davis in Bull. B.O.C. 112[2]: 90-91, 1992, Ridgely & Greenfield classify the 3 west-Amazonian subspecies (viridiceps, subsimilis and zimmeri) as a separate species, Olive-faced Flatbill (Tolmomyias viridiceps). They also suggest that the English name of the remaining subspecies, T.f. flaviventris, T.f. aurulentus, T.f. collingwoodi, and T.f. dissors, be changed to Ochre-lored Flatbill. This is the classification now followed by the HBW and Birdlife International checklist and other authorities.

The first photo was taken at Ilha São José, Roraima, Brazil so should be the sub-species T. f. dissors while the second photo of the nominate sub-species T. f. flaviventris was taken near Jeremoabo, Bahia.

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