Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Eastern Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra braziliensis)


French: Tityre de Swainson German: Weißrückenbekarde Spanish: Titira colinegro oriental

Psaris Braziliensis


, 1838,

#R, “northern Brazil”


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. cayana, and voices apparently similar, but separated here on account of its much-reduced red on bill in both sexes (2); usually whiter upperparts in male (ns); absence of a black hood in female (3); usually heavier and more extensive streaking in female, with browner tinge to underlying plumage above and below (1); zone of hybridization extending in a belt from NE Brazil (Piauí) SW through Mato Grosso to Bolivia (at least 1). Monotypic.

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NE, C & S Brazil (Maranhão, Piauí and Pernambuco S to Mato Grosso do Sul and N Rio Grande do Sul), N & E Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz), N, C & E Paraguay (primarily E of R Paraguay) and NE Argentina (S to E Formosa, E Chaco and Misiones, probably also Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

20–22·5 cm; 76–87 g. Relatively distinctive compared to formerly conspecific T. cayana (see also Taxonomy, above) and separated from T. semifasciata by same... read more


No known differences from that of T. cayana.


Like T. cayana is found at borders of humid lowland and foothill forest, tall and... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly frugivorous; also takes a fair amount of insects (including winged termites and large cicadas) and caterpillars, mostly for feeding... read more


Few published data. In S of range, breeds in austral spring, with nests in Oct and Nov in Argentina and in Dec in extreme S Brazil, with... read more


None definitely known, but it has been suggested that birds in far S of range (e.g. in Rio Grande... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Has a large range (estimated at 7,620,000 km2), within which extensive areas of suitable habitat are still... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Eastern Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra braziliensis). 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 21 October 2019).