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Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mark Harper
Leymebamba, Peru, 17 August 2023

Alternative name: Chestnut-belted Chat-Tyrant

Ochthoeca thoracica


12–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Upperside and head including throat slaty to blackish
  • White supercilium reaches just beyond the eye
  • Long Rictal bristles
  • Upper breast maroon or deep chestnut
  • Underside from central breast is grey


The breast band are narrower on northern birds than those from southern Peru and Bolivia.

Similar Species

Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant is paler and has a different shape to rufous breast band.


South America: found in Peru (south and west of the Marañón Valley) as well as in Bolivia. The southern birds also tend to have the underside less dark than northern birds.


Chestnut-bellied Chat-Tyrant, Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant, and Blackish Chat-Tyrant formerly were one species named Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • O. t. angustifasciata Andes of northern Peru in Amazonas (south and east of the Marañón Valley) and San Martín, populations south of Huánuco probably also this subspecies; also locally in east central and southeastern Cajamarca, west of the Marañón Valley
  • O. t. thoracica in southern Peru and Bolivia


Along forested streams in mid elevation, to heights around 3300 m asl.



Their main diet consists of insects which they wait for on a favoured perch. They rarely join mixed species flocks.


A drawn out whistle of about a seconds duration, often first rising and than falling in pitch.


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  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. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231
  4. Herzog, SK, RS Terrill, AE Jahn, JV Remsen Jr.,O Maillars Z, VH Garcia-Soliz, R MacLeod, A Maccormick, & JQ Vidoz, 2019. Birds of Bolivia, Revised first ed. Associacion Armonia and Future Generations University Press. ISBN 975-99974-922-7-2
  5. Farnsworth, A., J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, G. Langham, and G. M. Kirwan (2022). Maroon-belted Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca thoracica), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly and S. M. Billerman, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.slbcht3.01

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