Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca leucophrys)


Taxonomy

French: Pitajo à sourcils blancs German: Graubauch-Schmätzertyrann Spanish: Pitajo gris
Taxonomy:

F[luvicola]. leucophrys

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia

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See O. piurae. Race urubambae perhaps better merged into interior. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. l. dissors J. T. Zimmer, 1940 – extreme S Ecuador (S Azuay, N Loja) and N Peru (upper Marañón Valley).
  • O. l. interior J. T. Zimmer, 1930 – highlands of C Peru (Huánuco, Pasco).
  • O. l. urubambae J. T. Zimmer, 1937 – highlands of C & S Peru (Junín S to NE Ayacucho and Cuzco).
  • O. l. leucometopa P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1877 – W Peru (Ancash) S to N Chile (Arica).
  • O. l. leucophrys (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – highlands of Bolivia.
  • O. l. tucumana Berlepsch, 1906 – highlands of NW Argentina (Salta S to San Juan).
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5–15 cm. Overall the greyest chat-tyrant. Nominate race has conspicuous white frontal area and long and broad supercilium; blackish mask, dark grey or greyish-brown... read more

    Voice

    Vocalizes frequently; call a piercing “queeuw”, sometimes “keeu keukeukeukeu” in flight; “tee teeti... read more

    Habitat

    Arid montane forest, Polylepis woodland and shrubby stream borders, especially ravines,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Usually singly or in pairs. Usually conspicuous, with slender though upright posture; often jerks or flicks wings and tail.... read more

    Breeding

    Probably Oct–Jan in Peru; Nov–Feb in Argentina. Nest found in Argentina, an open cup made of small twigs, lined with feathers (... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary and Huascarán National Park, in Peru, and Madidi National Park, in Bolivia.

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). White-browed Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca leucophrys). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57406 on 19 June 2019).