Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Shane G. DuBay and Christopher C. Witt

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.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

DuBay, S. G. and C. C. Witt. 2009. Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes reguloides), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.