Crowned Chat-tyrant (Ochthoeca frontalis) - HBW 9, p. 381
French: Pitajo couronné
Spanish: Pitajo Coronado
Taxonomy: Tyrannula frontalis Lafresnaye, 1847, Pasto, Colombia.
Sometimes placed with O. pulchella, O. diadema and O. jelskii in a separate genus, Silvicultrix, but genetic and anatomical data indicate that this would make present genus paraphyletic. All four form a superspecies. O. pulchella and O. jelskii previously considered races of present species. Described race orientalis (from Ecuador) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- albidiadema Lafresnaye, 1848 - E Andes of Colombia (Bogotá).
- frontalis (Lafresnaye, 1847) - W & C Andes of Colombia and both slopes in Ecuador.
- boliviana Carriker, 1935 - Andes of C & S Peru (San Martín S to Huánuco, and Urubamba Valley in S Cuzco) and Bolivia (E slope from La Paz SE to Santa Cruz).
- spodionota Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1896 - Junín, W Cuzco (in Cordillera Vilcabamba) and adjoining Ayacucho, in C Peru.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird coming to the playback after of a mix group
Locality Los Nevados National Park, Colombia
Manakin Nature Tours 25 January 2012 42 weeks ago 3.5
Perched on branch with head turned
Locality Yanacocha Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
David Weaver 2 years ago 3.4
perched in understory
Locality Yanacocha Reserve, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp frontalis)
Dusan Brinkhuizen 27 October 2007 3 years ago 2