Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Endangered

Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus)


Taxonomy

French: Taurillon gris German: Graubrust-Tachurityrann Spanish: Cachudito pechicenizo
Taxonomy:

Yanacea alpina

Carriker

, 1933,

Yánac, 15,000 feet [c. 4570 m], Ancash, Peru

.

Formerly treated in monotypic genus Yanacea, but plumage and molecular evidence indicate close relationship with A. flavirostris; indeed, recent study#R found present species to be sister to pairing of A. flavirostris and A. parulus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. alpinus (Carriker, 1933) – W Andean slope in N Peru (La Libertad, Ancash, Lima).
  • A. a. bolivianus (Carriker, 1935) – SE Peru (Cuzco, Apurímac) and NW Bolivia (La Paz).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 9–10 g. Nominate race has black central crown feathers greatly elongated into thin, bifurcated crest, large semi-concealed crown patch pure white, forehead and... read more

    Voice

    Mostly silent; occasionally a whining “eeeh”.

    Habitat

    Semi-humid Polylepis-Gynoxys woodland, at 3700–4600 m.

    Food and feeding

    Diet not recorded. Forages alone or in pairs; active, making short sallies to hover-glean or perch-glean near tops and outer edges of ... read more

    Breeding

    Juveniles in Mar and Jul in Peru (Cuzco). A nest in S Peru, containing 2 eggs in Sept, was in a mature Polylepis subsericans... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA and High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Rare and very local. Recorded from about twelve mostly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fitzpatrick, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant (Anairetes alpinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57174 on 26 June 2019).