Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-chested Tyrant (Taeniotriccus andrei)


French: Tyranneau d’André German: Schwarzschopf-Todityrann Spanish: Mosquero pechinegro

Taeniotriccus andrei

Berlepsch and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1902,

La Prisión, Río Caura, Bolívar, Venezuela


Race klagesi poorly known, validity questioned; maintained meantime, on basis of apparent large geographical separation from nominate, along with claimed plumage distinctions. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. andrei Berlepsch & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – NE & EC Venezuela in E Monagas, Delta Amacuro and C Bolívar (mostly lower and middle R Caura and R Paragua), and extreme N Brazil (NE Amazonas, N Roraima).
  • T. a. klagesi Todd, 1925 – locally in EC Brazil S of Amazon (S Pará, N Maranhão, N Mato Grosso#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 8–9·6 g. Distinctive, with lax, ruff-like crest, modified bristly feathers projecting from above and in front of eyes. Male has forehead, chin, throat, side of... read more


    Most commonly heard vocalization (particularly among spontaneously calling individuals) a reedy... read more


    Understorey of humid tropical lowland evergreen forest and forest edge, particularly in seasonally... read more

    Food and feeding

    Probably feeds on variety of insects and other small arthropods; only items identified in field observations were small orthopterans. All... read more


    Nothing known.


    Presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Poorly known; generally considered rare and patchily distributed throughout range, although it appears to be at least locally not uncommon, for... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & de Juana, E. (2019). Black-chested Tyrant (Taeniotriccus andrei). 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 on 11 December 2019).