Tufted Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes parulus)

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

tufted_tit-tyrant
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

tufted_tit-tyrant
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Piura, Peru

tufted_tit-tyrant
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

tufted_tit-tyrant
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Piura, Peru


Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The Tufted Tit-Tyrant has an olive-gray mantle faintly streaked with dusky. The wing coverts are black with two white wing bars. The bill is black. The iris is pale. The head and underparts are heavily streaked with black and white. The lower belly is yellowish. It has black tuft. It forages in the edges of humid forest and humid scrub. It overlaps with the the similar Yellow-billed Tit-Tyrant but is distinguished by having a black bill, pale iris, favoring humid habitats, and having a tuft rather than a crest. 

Status: The Tufted Tit-Tyrant is uncommon in montane forests of the east and west (Piura and Cajamarca) slopes of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1450-4100 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Torito Copetón.

Sub-species: Tufted Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes parulus aequatorialis), Berlepsch and Taczanowski, 1884.

Meaning of Name: Anairetes: Gr. anairetes= destroyer. parulus: L. L. parus= tit, titmouse and parulus= little tit.

See more of the Family Tyrannidae  peru aves

Distribution Map
tufted tit-tyrantVoice


References:

    • 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 03/01/2016.