Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus albogularis)


French: Tyran à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Königstyrann Spanish: Tirano gorjiblanco

Tyrannus albogularis


, 1856,

Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais, Brazil


See T. niveigularis. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Venezuela (SE Bolívar) and the Guianas S through much of C Brazil (Pará, Amapá and Tocantins S to Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and W Bahia) to N Bolivia (Beni, N Santa Cruz); migrates W across Amazonia (W to extreme SE Colombia and E Peru).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 35–38 g. Has mostly pale grey head, whitish crown with semi-concealed pale orange or yellowish coronal patch; contrasting dusky band from lores back to... read more


Generally considered less vocal than congeners. Typical call a shrill, trilled “tic tic tic’i’i’i’i... read more


Variety of tropical lowland habitats, such as cerrado and savanna, that are fairly open,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Hawks flying insects from relatively low and exposed perch 3–4 m above ground; may perch higher during breeding period in... read more


Very few data available until recently, but total of 34 nests found in SE Brazil and E Bolivia since 2004, and these data have been... read more


Austral migrant; specific movement patterns not well known, probably resident in at least some N... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common; possibly overlooked. Rather poorly known, and precise breeding range uncertain; presumed to breed in small numbers in... read more

Recommended citation

Mobley, J. (2019). White-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus albogularis). 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 11 December 2019).