d’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca oenanthoides)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chiguata, Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Marcapomacocha, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huascaran National Park, Ancash

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Carampoma, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~15.5 cm (6.1 in). The D’Orgbigny’s Chat-Tyrant has gray upperparts and head with broad and white superciliary. The wing is uniformly gray without wing bars or wing coverts thinly tipped with brown. The bill is black. The iris is dark. The underparts are rufous. It forages in semiopen and semi-dry habitats where it often perches on top of scrub or rocks. It is very similar to the Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant but is distinguished by having gray upperparts, plain wings without wing bars, and by favoring drier habitats at a generally higher elevation.

Status: The D’Orgbigny’s Chat-Tyrant is common in the high Andes at elevations ranging between 3000-4600 m. It also occurs in and Bo and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Pitajo de d’Orbigny.

Sub-species: d’Orbigny’s Chat-Tyrant (Ochthoeca oenanthoides polionota), P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1870.  Peru (from La Libertad S along W Andes to Cuzco and N Puno) and extreme N Chile (Arica).
(Ochthoeca oenanthoides oenanthoides), (d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye) 1837.  S Peru (Titicaca Basin, in Tacna), N Chile (Arica), W Bolivia (S from La Paz) and NW Argentina (S to La Rioja).

Meaning of Name: Ochthoeca: Gr. okhthos= bank, mound and oikos, oikeo = dwelling, to inhabit.
oenanthoides: One that resembles a member of the genus Oenanthe Vieillot, 1816, wheatear, oides= resembling.

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Distribution Map
D'orbigny's Chat-tyrantVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.