Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-naped Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola occipitalis)


French: Dormilon à calotte marron German: Rubinscheitel-Grundtyrann Spanish: Dormilona nuquiparda

Muscisaxicola occipitalis


, 1887,

Lake Titicaca


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. rufivertex, but differs in its darker (chestnut vs rufous) crown (2); much more extensive white lores and frontal supercilium (2); paler slaty uppertail (1); browner upperparts (ns[1]); longer wing (effect size 3.52, score 2). Monotypic.

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Peru (C Cajamarca to Ayacucho and Puno) and NW Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm. Very pale ashy grey-coloured ground-tyrant, with marginally darker wings, obviously darker tail and contrasting rufous crown that is only obvious plumage feature.... read more


Call a sharply upslurred but melodious “weet”; it is unknown whether there any vocal differences... read more


Found in open country in Andes, favouring areas of short grassland with rocky outcrops, often in... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known, but no known differences from M. rufivertex.


Virtually nothing known. Nest made of plant material, internal open cup of small straws, lined with feathers and hair, placed in crack... read more


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. Occurs in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and Huascarán National Park, both in Peru. No known threats.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Chestnut-naped Ground-tyrant (Muscisaxicola occipitalis). 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 8 December 2019).