|Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant Ochthoeca fumicolor
Colombian name: Pitajo Ahumado
|Colombia and Peru
The Brown-backed Chat-Tyrant is distributed in the Andes from western Venezuela to western Bolivia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in shrubby areas and woodland borders mainly at or just above the treeline at between 2,600 and 4,400 metres.
|It is usually seen perched quite openly singly or in pairs. It sallies from the perch to catch its insect prey either in the air or on the ground.|
|There are 5 sub-species. Photos 1 and 2 from the eastern Andes of Colombia show the nominate sub-species with a paler supercilium and paler underparts around the crissum. Photo 3 from the central Andes (Nevado del Ruiz) shows either the sub-species O. f. ferruginea or O. f. brunneifrons with more uniformly cinnamon-rufous underparts and a more buffy supercilium. Photos 4 and 5 from Peru are of O. f. brunneifrons|
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