Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris)


French: Pitajo à ventre brun German: Schiefermantel-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo ventricastaño

Muscicapa cinnamomeiventris


, 1843,

Colombia, restricted to “Bogotá”


Usually treated as conspecific with O. nigrita and O. thoracica (which see). Monotypic.


Andes of SW Venezuela (S Táchira) and Colombia (from Antioquia and Santander) S to Ecuador (on W slope S to Azuay#R) and extreme N Peru (N Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 11–13 g. Small and short-tailed, with short, thin bill, long rictal bristles. Largely slaty or blackish head, short white supercilium; upperparts... read more


Persistent and loud calls often audible above rushing torrents; common vocalization a sharp “... read more


Montane forest and edge and second growth, most often in shrubs and other dense vegetation in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually singly or in close pair, notably sedentary; very rarely accompanies mixed-species flocks. Perches upright and low in edge... read more


Season Jan–Aug in Colombia, where eggs in Feb (Huila) and juveniles Feb–Aug and birds with enlarged gonads in Oct (Boyac... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Very numerous in vicinity of Cerro Las Copas, in Venezuela. Occurs in all national parks in Andes of Ecuador, where... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A., Langham, G. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris). 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 9 December 2019).