Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers Is Complete Minus One Bird

Blue-billed Black Tyrant (Knipolegus cyanirostris) by Dario Sanches

Blue-billed Black Tyrant (Knipolegus cyanirostris) by Dario Sanches

The Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers is complete minus one bird, the Spectacled BristleTyrant (Pogonotriccus orbitalis). Big deal you say? I decided to dig into that family and try to get the photos for it. I have been at it for about 3 days to find the missing 300 species. This is the largest bird family. There are 421 members there and I had already collected or found links to 121 of them.

I have searched high and low for that Spectacled Bristle Tyrant and the best I could find is a stamp with it’s photo on it. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It also referred to as the Spectacled Bristle-tyrant (Phylloscartes orbitalis) and it is said to be common. That may be true, but no one has posted a photo of that Spectacled bird.

“The tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae) are a clade of passerine birds which occur throughout North and South America. They are considered the largest family of birds on Earth, with more than 400 species. They are the most diverse avian family in every country in the Americas, except for the United States and Canada. As could be expected from a family this large, the members vary greatly in shape, patterns, size and colors. Some Tyrant flycatchers superficially resemble the Old World flycatchers which they are named after but are not related to. They are members of suborder Tyranni (suboscines), which do not have the sophisticated vocal capabilities of most other songbirds.” (Wikipedia)

Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillatus) ©©Flickr Cláudio Timm

Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillatus) ©©Flickr Cláudio Timm

That family also has another Spectacled bird, the Spectacled Tyrant (Hymenops perspicillatus).

Sometimes we are challenged to get the hardest projects finished first. This has been one of those times. Was it drudgery? No way! Even though these are not the prettiest birds, they have personality and expressions on their faces. The Lord created all these neat birds and I was enjoying seeing them. I had my internet radio playing, (Old Fashioned Christian Music Radio) and I just kept plugging away. (For hours!) Our attitudes can be enjoyable even when we are busy. I could have been “grumpy” and said, “there are too many birds to find, it will take forever” or, as I did, it was a joy to work on this page even though many bloggers will never see it.

I just kept making expressions as the various birds were viewed. I am always amazed at the variety that the Lord uses. What expression of surprise when I saw the Spectacled Tyrant above.  (He is not the one I need yet.)

And of course, Scripture comes to mind or you wonder how a word is used in His Word. These are called “tyrant” and sure enough, I found some verses with “tyrant” in them.

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) by Margaret Sloan Eating

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) by Margaret Sloan Eating

“an the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?” (Isaiah 49:24 NASB)

Surely, thus says the LORD, “Even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued; For I will contend with the one who contends with you, And I will save your sons. (Isaiah 49:25 NASB)

This prey in the mouth of the Tyrant family doesn’t look like he will escape.

It is always enjoyable when we finish a project. I still have about 50 Families yet to finish, but this was the largest and it feels good to accomplish something.

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. (Psalms 111:1-4 ESV)

I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. (Psalms 77:11-12 KJV)

What better when all of life is over and we hear something like this verses

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:21 ESV)

Enjoy looking through the Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatcher Family photos. There are some neat birds there to be viewed and enjoyed.

Wordless Birds


6 thoughts on “Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers Is Complete Minus One Bird

  1. Well-done, indeed, Lee!!! Congratulations on completing this family. I thought this was an interesting article, and I was especially touched by the word “tyrant.” That specific verse from Isaiah 49 is one I have used often to build my own faith and the faith of others when believing for deliverance. It has been especially helpful when praying and believing for people with children in bondage to drugs and witchcraft. But I had always assumed the Lord was referring to a human being “tyrant.” Now I’m thinking — after reading this — that He may actually have been referring to a bird species that the people of Israel were familiar with by that name — and that it meant something very specific to them as a result. It gives you a whole new picture when you think of another creature being rescued from the mouth of a bird of prey, doesn’t it? Thanks for all the information.


    • Thank you for your comments. But, I doubt the “tyrant” that the Bible referred to was that bird family. I was just using the word, but it does make for a picture of being captured.


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