The Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant occurs from sea-level up to 4000 m on the west slope of the Andes. It occurs primarily in Peru from Ancash Department south to extreme northwest Chile (Arica). There is a specimen from Cusco, Peru (Roy et. al 1999) and a single specimen of subspecies albiventris from Andahuaylas in Apurimac, Peru (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990), but its distribution in the intermontane valleys of southern Peru is poorly known. In Ancash, subspecies albiventris is reportedly found only below 2800 m (Schulenberg et al. 2007), and is replaced by the closely related Black-crested Tit-Tyrant at higher elevations. Fjeldså and Krabbe (1990) report Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant as uncommon in northern Chile. No migratory behavior or long-distance movements are known or suspected.