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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Tyranni
Infraordo: Tyrannides
Parvordo: Tyrannida

Familia: Tyrannidae
Genus: Attila
Species: A. bolivianus – A. cinnamomeus – A. citriniventris – A. phoenicurus – A. rufus – A. spadiceus – A. torridus

Attila Lesson, 1831

Typus: Muscicapa spadicea Gmelin, 1789 = Attila spadiceus


Dasycephala Swainson, 1832 FaunaBor.-Am p. 159, p. 486
Dasyopsis Reichenbach, 1850 Av.Syst.Nat. pl.66
Poliochrus Reichenbach, 1850 Av.Syst.Nat. pl.89
Pseudattila J.T. Zimmer, 1936


Lesson, R.P. 1830–1831. Traité d'ornithologie, ou, Tableau méthodique des ordres, sous-ordres, familles, tribus, genres, sous-genres et races d'oiseaux : ouvrage entièrement neuf, formant le catalogue le plus complet des espèces réunies dans les collections publiques de la France. F. G. Levrault, Paris. Vol. 1: pp. i–xxxii, 1–659. Original description p. 360 BHL Reference page.

Attila is a genus of tropical passerine birds, the attilas. They belong to the tyrant flycatcher family. The species in this genus have large heads and hooked bills; they are markedly predatory and aggressive for their size – hence the scientific and common names, which refer to Attila the Hun.

The genus contains seven species:[1]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Attila phoenicurus - Rufous-tailed Attila.jpg Attila phoenicurus Rufous-tailed attila southern Paraguay and Brazil; also extreme northeast Argentina, Bolivia and southern Venezuela
Cinnamon Attila.jpg Attila cinnamomeus Cinnamon attila Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana; also Amazonian Ecuador, Peru, and regions of Bolivia.
Attila torridus - Ochraceous Attila 2.jpg Attila torridus Ochraceous attila Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Attila citriniventris - Citron-bellied Attila; Careiro, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Attila citriniventris Citron-bellied attila Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Attila bolivianus - White-eyed attila, Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg Attila bolivianus White-eyed attila Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and possibly Ecuador.
Attila rufus -Vale do Ribeira, Registro, Sao Paulo, Brasil-8.jpg Attila rufus Grey-hooded attila Brazil.
Attila spadiceus - Bright-rumped attila.jpg Attila spadiceus Bright-rumped attila northwestern Mexico to western Ecuador, Bolivia and southeastern Brazil, and on Trinidad

Some authorities, either presently or formerly, recognize additional species as belonging to the genus Attila including the red-tailed bristlebill (as Dasycephala syndactyla)[2]

Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Tyrant flycatchers". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

"Bleda syndactylus nandensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-05-07.

Further reading

Hilty, Steven L. (2003): Birds of Venezuela. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
Stiles, F. Gary & Skutch, Alexander Frank (1989): A guide to the birds of Costa Rica. Comistock, Ithaca. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4

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