Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus granadensis)


French: Todirostre à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Todityrann Spanish: Titirijí gorjinegro

Todirostrum granadense


, 1843,

“Bogotá” = Santa Elena, Antioquia, Colombia


See H. zosterops. Vocal#R and plumage differences across its range suggest that more than one species may be involved; in particular, form lehmanni merits closer study to determine degree of its vocal distinctiveness. Race andinus doubtfully distinct from intensus. Race lehmanni misspelt in HBW. Seven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. g. lehmanni (Meyer de Schauensee, 1945) – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • H. g. intensus (Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952) – NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, SW Táchira).
  • H. g. federalis (Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1950) – N Venezuela (Distrito Federal).
  • H. g. granadensis (Hartlaub, 1843) – Colombia (W & C Andes, S from Boyacá in E Andes) and N Ecuador (W slope in Carchi, E slope S to W Napo).
  • H. g. andinus (Todd, 1952) – E Andes in W Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá, in Táchira) and Colombia (Norte de Santander and Santander).
  • H. g. pyrrhops (Cabanis, 1874) – SE Ecuador (S from Morona-Santiago) and Andes of Peru (Cajamarca and Amazonas S to Cuzco).
  • H. g. caesius (Carriker, 1932) – SE Peru (Puno) and W & WC Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    8·5–10·5 cm; 6·5–8·5 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts dark olive, whitish loral and ocular area forming broad eyering and... read more


    Call (nominate race) a gravelly “dut’t’t, dut’t’t”, a nasal... read more


    Humid, mossy montane forest, stunted upper cloudforest, shrubby second growth and shrubby... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages singly or in pairs, occasionally following mixed-species flocks, in lower and middle storey. Perches in relatively open... read more


    Birds with enlarged gonads in Mar–Jul in Colombia and Dec in Peru. Three nests found at three sites, two in Colombia and one in Peru... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Tambito Nature Reserve, in Colombia, Podocarpus National Park, in Ecuador, and Rí... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clock, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-throated Tody-tyrant (Hemitriccus granadensis). 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 26 January 2020).