Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca cinnamomeiventris


The Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant is a small, blackish flycatcher of riverine habitats in montane northwestern South America.  Found from western Venezuela south to western Bolivia, the species inhabits edges and shrubby clearings near rushing mountain streams between 1600 and 3000 meters in elevation.  It is mostly dark gray-black with a white eyebrown and rufous chest band, though the extent of rufous in the underparts is variable.  Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant makes sharp, two-part buzzy calls which can aid in the detection of this otherwise inconspicuous species that spends much time gleaning insects in the understory.

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Recommended Citation

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