Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

D'Orbigny's Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca oenanthoides)


French: Pitajo de d’Orbigny German: Graurücken-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo canela

F[luvicola]. OEnanthoides

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

La Paz, Bolivia


Races overlap in extreme S Peru and N Chile, birds tending to show intermediate characters. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. o. polionota P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1870 – Andes of Peru (from La Libertad and San Martín S to Cuzco and N Puno).
  • O. o. oenanthoides (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – S Peru (Titicaca Basin, in S Puno and Tacna), N Chile (Arica), W Bolivia (S from La Paz) and NW Argentina (S to La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5–17 cm. Nominate race has white frontal band and very long, broad whitish-buff supercilium; crown greyish or greyish-brown, blackish mask; upperparts greyish-brown... read more


    Usually not very vocal; song a rhythmical loud “reek a teek a reek a teek a” lasting 1–3... read more


    Arid montane forest and woodlands (e.g. Puya, Gynoxys and Polylepis),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually alone or in pairs. Perches upright and conspicuously on dead branches, bushtops or fence posts; flies down to take insects... read more


    In Bolivia, eggs and fledglings in Dec (La Paz) and juveniles in Jan (La Paz), Nov (Cochabamba) and Feb (Chuquisaca); pair feeding two... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and Huascarán National Park, in Peru, Madidi National Park, in Bolivia, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). D'Orbigny's Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca oenanthoides). 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).