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Anairetes reguloides

Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: DuBay, Shane G., and Christopher C. Witt

Anairetes reguloides

Chile; September/October 2008 © Steve Bird

A small, energetic bird of the western Andean slope from central Peru to northern Chile.  The species has a bifurcated crest comprised of elongated lateral crown feathers and shorter central ones.  The crest morphology is unique to the genus Anairetes among the family Tyrannidae.  The Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant has broad black and white streaks on the breast and back; the belly color ranges from white to very pale yellow.  The species inhabits arid to semiarid scrub habitats across a broad elevational range: it occurs in coastal riparian thickets as well as Polylepis forest at 4000 m.  The Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant actively moves through dense vegetation, foraging on small arthropods by perch-gleaning or hover-gleaning; the species rarely sallies to retrieve insects.

Recommended Citation

DuBay, Shane G., and Christopher C. Witt. 2009. Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes reguloides), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Arid montane scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:---
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern