The Common Tody-Flycatcher is a common and widespread species of secondary forest and forest edge; it is distributed from southern Mexico to south to northeastern Argentina, but is absent from much of the Amazon Basin. Male Common Tody-Flycatchers have glossy black forecrowns, slate gray hindcrowns, olive upperparts, black wings and bright yellow underparts; the iris usually is yellow. Common Tody-Flycatchers forage in pairs or small family groups in dense vegetation close to the ground or in the open mid-level canopy of trees. They catch prey by gleaning or in short forward and upward sallies, always catching prey with an audible snap. Like other species of tody-tyrant, the Common Tody-Flycatcher builds a hanging pouch shaped nests 1 to 5 m off the ground made out of plant material and bound with spiderweb.