Zimmerius is a genus of Neotropical birds in the family Tyrannidae.

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Guatemalan tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Zimmerius
Traylor, 1977
Type species
Tyrannulus chrysops
Sclater, 1859

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The genus was erected by the American ornithologist Melvin Alvah Traylor Jr. in 1977 with the golden-faced tyrannulet (Zimmerius chrysops) as the type species.[1] The name Zimmerius was chosen to honour the American ornithologist John Todd Zimmer (1889-1957) who specialised in the classification of Neotropical birds.[2]

The genus contains 15 species:[3]


  1. ^ Traylor, Melvin Alvah Jr. (1977). "A classification of tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae)". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 148 (4): 129–184 [147].
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 414. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Cotingas, manakins, tityras & becards". World Bird List Version 7.3. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

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