Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Golden-browed Chat-tyrant (Silvicultrix pulchella)


French: Pitajo à sourcils d’or German: Gelbbrauen-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo cejidorado

Ochthoeca pulchella

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Tilotilo, Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia


Formerly considered conspecific with S. jelskii, and both previously included in S. frontalis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. p. similis (Carriker, 1933) – E Andes of Peru (S Amazonas S to Junín).
  • S. p. pulchella (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) – S Peru (Cordillera Vilcabamba, in W Cuzco and adjoining Ayacucho) S along E Andes to NW & WC Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm. Nominate race has dark grey-brown head and neck, darkest on crown, frontal band and long, narrow super­cilium golden-yellow, paler behind eye; dark brown back,... read more


    Call a distinctive “te-tirrrr”; descending whine, “treeeee”; also “trrrr-rr-eeh-eh-errh-eehr-eeee... read more


    Humid montane and scrubby forest borders; shady ravines, dark thickets, bamboo, and mossy forest.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera). Usually occurs singly, occasionally in pairs, and most often not associated with mixed-... read more


    Juvenile in Mar in Peru (Junín). No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common; probably often overlooked, as inconspicuous and not often seen. Present in all protected areas in its range, e.g. Machu Picchu... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Golden-browed Chat-tyrant (Silvicultrix pulchella). 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 7 December 2019).