Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant Anairetes reguloides

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


Distribution of the Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant
eBird range map for Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

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.Distribution in Peru of Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant; solid circles are specimen records (Schulenberg et al. 2006).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Inhabits riparian thickets, coastal lomas, arid to semi-arid montane scrub, and hedgerows of cultivated areas (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Schulenberg et al. 2007). Similar to the other tit-tyrants, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant can be found above treeline in Polylepis forest.

Polylepis forest at Carampoma (3960m) above Lima, Peru. Photo by Jim McGuire (January 2008) Polylepis forest at Carampoma (3960m) above Lima, Peru. Photo by Jim McGuire (January 2008)

Riparian scrub habitat at Huachipa (350m) in Lima, Peru.  Photo by Christopher C. Witt (January 2008)

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

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.