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Crested Black Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by avillaschi
Serra da Canastra, MG, Brazil, March 2005
Knipolegus lophotes


20–21 cm (8-8¼ in)

  • Glossy blue-black
  • Erect crest
  • White wing band
  • Dark red/red brown iris


South America: found in South-central and south-eastern Brazil to Uruguay and north-eastern Paraguay.


This is a monotypic species1.


Grassy highlands, open areas with shrubs.


Photo © by Luiz
Resende, RJ, Brazil, 9 September 2020


Their main diet consists of insects with the addition of some fruit on occasion.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Farnsworth, A. and G. Langham (2020). Crested Black-Tyrant (Knipolegus lophotes), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.crbtyr1.01

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