Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Blackish Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca nigrita)


French: Pitajo noir German: Schwarzbauch-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo negro

Ochthoëca nigrita

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

páramos of Mérida, Venezuela


Usually treated as conspecific with O. cinnamomeiventris and O. thoracica, but differs from both in its slaty vs deep chestnut (bay) breast to belly (score vs cinnamomeiventris 4, vs thoracica 3); vague small whitish vs bold large white underwing-coverts (2); paler grey upperparts (1); shorter tail than thoracica (effect size for males –6.6, score 3); also possibly different call (“loud buzzy whistle, abrupt and slightly descending” vs “loud, burry whistle, ‘sweeeeea’, rising then slightly falling”#R) (1–2). Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

Andes of Venezuela (Mérida and NW Barinas S to N Táchira).

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm. Small and short-tailed, with short, thin bill, long rictal bristles. Adult is entirely slate-black, with narrow white supraloral streak, extending from base of bill... read more


Infrequently heard. Gives a rather loud buzzy whistle, which sounds abrupt and slightly descending... read more


Inhabits dense shrubbery along steep-gradient mountain streams, or nearby borders of humid and wet... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Behaviour much as described for O. cinnamomeiventris, with single birds and well-separated pairs perching on low... read more


Apparently nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: endemic to Cordillera de Mérida EBA, in W Venezuela, where known from Sierra Nevada National Park.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Blackish Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca nigrita). 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 10 December 2019).