Neotropical Birds logo
Version 2.0

This is a historic version of this account.  Current version


Spectacled Tyrannulet Zimmerius improbus

Andrew W. Jones
Version: 2.0 — Published November 30, 2018

Diet and Foraging

Welcome to Birds of the World!

You are currently viewing one of the free accounts available in our complimentary tour of Birds of the World. In this courtesy review, you can access all the life history articles and the multimedia galleries associated with this account.

For complete access to all accounts, a subscription is required.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in


Spectacled Tyrannulet consumes both insects and fruits. There is little detailed information on its diet, however, and it is unclear how significant mistletoe drupes (Loranthaceae) are to this species; mistletoe is a major part of diet in some other species of Zimmerius.

Foraging Behavior

There is very little detailed information on the foraging behavior of Spectacled Tyrannulet. It gleans fruits and invertebrates, and may sally to capture flying prey. It primarily forages in the mid- to upper canopy.

Recommended Citation

Jones, A. W. (2018). Spectacled Tyrannulet (Zimmerius improbus), version 2.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.paltyr4.02