Black-throated Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus granadensis


Vocal and plumage differences among some of the seven currently recognized subspecies of the Black-throated Tody-Tyrant suggest that more than one species could be involved. As a whole, this tody-tyrant is found from northern Colombia south, somewhat discontinuously, to west-central Bolivia, over which distribution the species occurs in humid montane forest, often in shrubby growth at its edges, at 1800 to 3300 m at least. The Black-throated Tody-Tyrant is generally uncommon, or locally fairly common, and is characterized by its generally olive-green upperparts and crown, black throat and lower-cheek patch, pale lores, and grayish-white underparts. Like many small tyrant-flycatchers, the species’ voice draws the observer’s attention far more readily than its habits; the Black-throated Tody-Tyrant generally occurs singly or in pairs, which spend long periods perched stolidly, only occasionally making short, upward sallies within dense vegetation to seize insect prey.

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Recommended Citation

Black-throated Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus granadensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: