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Crowned Chat-Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Leif G
Yanacocha, Ecuador, October 2009
Silvicultrix frontalis

Ochthoeca frontalis
Includes Peruvian, Kalinowski's or Southern Crowned Chat-Tyrant


Some variable elements of plumage: in eastern Colombia with entirely white supercilium, in much of range yellow in front of eye, and in southern part of range (Kalinowski's Chat-Tyrant) often with rufous wing bars.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


This species has been placed in genus Silvicultrix in the past.


Clements accepts four subspecies[1]:

  • S. f. albidiadema:
  • Eastern Andes of Colombia (north to Norte de Santander)
  • S. f. frontalis:
  • Central Andes of Colombia to Andes of Ecuador and northern Peru
  • S. f. spodionota:
  • Andes of Peru (Jun¡n, Ayacucho and Cordillera Vilcabamba)
  • S. f. boliviana:
  • Andes of Peru (Hu nuco and Cuzco) to western Bolivia

Spodionota (together with boliviana) is sometimes considered a full species, Peruvian or Kalinowski's Chat-Tyrant.


Moist montanes, paramo.


Usually low in dense undergrowth, alone or in pairs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Paper discussing the taxonomy of Chat Tyrants including the separation of O. spodionota as a full species

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