Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Jelski's Chat-tyrant (Silvicultrix jelskii)


French: Pitajo de Jelski German: Rostbürzel-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo de Jelski

Ochthoeca jelskii


, 1883,

Montaña de Nancho, Peru


Formerly considered conspecific with S. pulchella, and both previously included in S. frontalis; perhaps closest to latter. Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (Loja) and NW Peru (S to Lima, in E La Libertad and W Huánuco crossing to E side of R Marañón W of C Andes).

Descriptive notes

12–12·5 cm. Male has blackish-brown head, yellow frontal area and white supercilium; upperparts more rufous-brown than head; wings dusky, two strong rufous... read more


Usually quiet; song a high­-pitched and sharp “tseeeee”, sometimes varied to... read more


Borders of montane forest and secondary woodland and adjacent shrubby stream borders; 1300–... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually found singly; occasionally follows mixed-species flocks. Usually sallies from low perch in vegetation, occasionally from... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon and local; often overlooked, possibly more common. In Ecuador, appears more abundant in Sozoranga, Cariamanga and Utuana regions... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2018). Jelski's Chat-tyrant (Silvicultrix jelskii). 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 18 March 2018).