Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Crowned Slaty Flycatcher (Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus)


French: Tyran oriflamme German: Graumaskentyrann Spanish: Tuquito gris

T[yrannus]. aurantio-atro cristatus

[sic] d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Valle Grande, Santa Cruz, Bolivia


Genetic data indicate strong support for Empidonomus varius as closest relative. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. a. pallidiventris (Hellmayr, 1929) – EC Brazil (E Pará and N Mato Grosso E to Maranhão and Piauí, S to N Goiás).
  • G. a. aurantioatrocristatus (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – N & E Bolivia (S from Beni), WC & S Brazil (S Mato Grosso E to W Minas Gerais, S to Mato Grosso do Sul, extreme W Paraná, Santa Catarina and W Rio Grande do Sul), N & C Argentina (S to Mendoza, La Pampa, N Río Negro and Buenos Aires), Paraguay (especially W of R Paraguay) and Uruguay; migrates N to W Amazonia.
  • Descriptive notes

    17·5–18 cm; 27 g. Distinctive. Nominate race has rather flat-looking black crown, yellow coronal patch (semi-concealed), grey supercilium, dusky auriculars; upperparts... read more


    Generally fairly quiet; when breeding, rather weak “pseek” or high, thin “pseeet”, sometimes... read more


    Canopy of tall humid forest, lighter woodland, scrubby pastures, and open savannas with some... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, also some fruit. Usually solitary, especially migrants in non-breeding season, or in pairs. Regularly perches in the open on top... read more


    Nests with eggs recorded Nov to early Jan, and nestlings mid-Dec to late Dec/ early Jan. Nest more or less round to oval and cup-shaped,... read more


    S race (nominate) migratory, moving primarily to W Amazonia; recorded in non-breeding season in NE... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common and fairly widespread. Occurs in many protected areas. Given its large range and wide habitat preferences, including tolerance of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Mobley, J. (2019). Crowned Slaty Flycatcher (Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus). 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).