Black crowned Tityra (Tityra inquisitor)

Black-crowned Tityra

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Tityra inquisitor | [UK] Black-crowned Tityra | [FR] Tityre a tete noire | [DE] Schwarzschnabeltityra | [ES] Titira Piquinegro | [IT] Titra testanera | [NL] Zwartkruintityra


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Tityra inquisitor LA e Mexico to ne Argentina
Tityra inquisitor albitorques
Tityra inquisitor buckleyi
Tityra inquisitor erythrogenys
Tityra inquisitor fraserii
Tityra inquisitor inquisitor
Tityra inquisitor pelzelni

Physical charateristics

The males are about 20 cm (8 inches) long and are pearly grey with black on the head, wings, and tail. appears more whitish than bigger counterpart Black-tailed tityra. The female has the forehead rusty white, black crown and sides of heads rusty. The mantle is streaked narrowly with blackish grey, wings and tail also black. Underparts white but chin and throated slightly tinged brown.

Listen to the sound of Black-crowned Tityra

[audio: Tityra.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 17 cm size max.: 20 cm
incubation min.: 18 days incubation max.: 21 days
fledging min.: 20 days fledging max.: 30 days
broods: 2   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


It is found in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.


Uses old woodpecker nests or tree avities to build nest. The hole is lined with twigs and grass and dead leafs and ois built 12-30 meter up a tree. Clutch size 3 eggs, incubated by female for about 20 days. Young fledge after 20-30 days and are fed by both parents..

Feeding habits

Mostly fruit, but also large insects often to feed the chicks. Forages singly, in pairs of small groups, perch gleans and sallies for insects and large anthropods.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 11,000,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-crowned Tityra status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Black-crowned Tityra range map


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