Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Western Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra cayana)


French: Tityre gris German: Schwarznackenbekarde Spanish: Titira colinegro occidental

[Lanius] cayanus


, 1766,

French Guiana


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. braziliensis (which see). Monotypic.


Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas, E Colombia, N Brazil (Amazon and tributaries E to Pará and Amapá), E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

19·5–22 cm; 60–80 g. Male has crown and sides of head to below eye black, bare rosy-red facial skin around eye and on lores; upperparts pale silvery white... read more


Generally not very vocal. Typical call a soft, buzzy and nasal grunting or croaking “ed... read more


Borders of humid lowland (terra firme and várzea) and foothill forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly frugivorous; also takes a fair amount of insects, mostly for feeding to offspring. In pairs or in small, loosely connected groups,... read more


Nests in Mar (Meta), Jul and Nov (Leticia) and birds in breeding condition in Jun (Caquetá) in Colombia; nests in Feb, Mar and Nov... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common, although uncommon on Trinidad. Has a large range (estimated at 5,990,000 km²), within which extensive... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Western Black-tailed Tityra (Tityra cayana). 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 26 June 2019).