Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Snowy-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus niveigularis)


French: Tyran chimu German: Schneekehl-Königstyrann Spanish: Tirano gorjiníveo

Tyrannus niveigularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Babahoyo, Los Ríos, Ecuador


Appears to be closest to T. albogularis, T. melancholicus and T. couchii. Monotypic.


W Ecuador (from C Manabí S, including I de la Plata, to El Oro and extreme SW Loja) and W Peru (S to Ancash); migrates to NW Ecuador and extreme SW Colombia (SW Nariño)#R.

Descriptive notes

19 cm. Has head largely grey, semi-concealed yellow coronal patch; narrow blackish forehead and blackish band from lores back to auriculars contrast strongly with whitish... read more


Short, dry series of “kip” notes, sometimes drawn out into snappy “kip, kr-r-e-e-e”, or a thin... read more


Primarily arid and fairly open country and agricultural areas having scattered groves of trees and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. Perches on tops of bushes, usually in less exposed situations compared with T. melancholicus. Hawks flying... read more


Breeds during rainy season, Jan/late Feb to mid-May/July, in SW Ecuador; sometimes double-brooded. Typical nest cup-shaped, c. 8–10... read more


Sedentary to partially migratory, moving relatively short distances to more humid areas during dry... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs in several national parks and other protected areas, e.g. Cerro Blanco Forest Reserve, Machalilla National Park,... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2020). Snowy-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus niveigularis). 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 January 2020).