Crowned Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca frontalis


Crowned Chat-Tyrant is a lovely songbird of northwestern South America.  Found from Colombia south to Bolivia along the Andes, it prefers stunted forest near treeline such as Polylepis.  This is a striking flycatcher, brown above with blackish wings, a white superciliary with yellow supraloral, small white throat, gray underparts, and rufous hindflanks and crissum.  The Crowned Chat-Tyrant often forages singly, low in the undergrowth, and rarely vocalizes, so it is fairly inconspicuous overall.

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

Recommended Citation

Crowned Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca frontalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: