Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

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


Taxonomy

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

F[luvicola]. OEnanthoides

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

La Paz, Bolivia

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57405 on 19 December 2018).