The Black-tailed Tityra is a distinctive resident of open forest near rivers as well as gallery forest and plantations from Venezuela south through the Amazon to Northern Argentina. Male Black-tailed Tityra have black on the crown that descends below the eye, a bare rosy-red facial skin patch, pale silver upperparts, white underparts, and black on the tail and wings. Females have a dusky brownish crown, brownish-grey upperparts complete with coarse dark streaks and dusky streaking on a whitish breast. Black-tailed Tityra are usually found in pairs or in loosely connected groups. When foraging, individuals perch high on a bare limb and take fruit and insects by perch-gleaning or hover-gleaning.