Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Crested Black-tyrant (Knipolegus lophotes)


French: Ada huppé German: Haubendunkeltyrann Spanish: Viudita copetona

Knipolegus lophotes


, 1828,

São Paulo, Brazil




S Brazil (S Mato Grosso E to E Tocantins and Espírito Santo, S to Rio Grande do Sul) and E Uruguay, also E Paraguay (Amambay).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm. Large and conspicuously black-crested. Plumage is glossy blue-black, head with long, slender, pointed crest; base of remiges white (hidden or mostly so at... read more


Usually silent; night song reported to be modulated, ascending and descending notes with short... read more


Savannas, open grassy or shrubby areas, often near groves of trees; mostly below 1100 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, occasionally small fruit; at one site in Minas Gerais, berries of Miconia albicans (Melastomataceae) were apparently an... read more


Little information. Apparently breeds Sept–Nov in Brazil. Two neighbouring territories in Minas Gerais were of 6·5 ha and 7... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Poorly known. Appears to have large home ranges. In Brazil, locally common below Itatiaia National Park, and occurs also... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Crested Black-tyrant (Knipolegus lophotes). 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).