This Spiky Tiny Black-And-White Bird Resembles A Feathered Zebra-Striped Tennis Ball

Black and white are two bland colors, but with only these two basic hues, mother nature generates numerous impressive living beings. This Black-crested Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes nigrocristatus) or Marañón tit-tyrant is a perfect example of the creativity of mid-air wildlife.

Source: Andres Vasquez Noboa, Loja, Ecuador

This beautiful little flycatcher with a spiky crest is a species of bird in the family Tyrannidae. It is found in the Andes of northern Peru, barely reaching over the border into southern Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.

Source: Daniel Pacheco Osorio

The male is quite distinctive with a solid black face, black-and-white streaking, and a long crest that sticks up in front of its white crown. Females and immature are grayer with less contrasting plumage and shorter crests.

Source: Peter Boesman, Huaraz, Ancash, Peru

This bird is an insect eater. It is agile in flight while foraging, performing short flights from stem to stem. Individuals are usually seen alone or in small groups, and they may sometimes follow mixed-species foraging groups.

Source: Roger Ahlman, Reserva Utuana, Loja, Ecuador

The Black-crested Tit-Tyrant gives a fast series of harsh notes, "tree-tr-ri-i-i-i-i-i-tr-r-reu" trailing off at the end. We can also hear a shorter version of this call: "tree-tr-iiii".

Source: Janos Olah, Utuana, Loja, Ecuador

The breeding behavior is unknown. But as males and females have similar appearances, ornithologists suppose the pairs are monogamous and defend a territory. The prominent crest probably plays a role during the displays.

Source: Daniel Pacheco Osorio

Source: Jason Leifester, Rio Chonta, Cajamarca, Peru

The Black-crested Tit-Tyrant is rare to locally common, but the species is not currently threatened. This species is listed as Least Concern in IUCN Red List.

Source: Tini & Jacob Wijpkema, Abra de Porculla, Piura, Peru

Source: Juan Carlos Figueroa

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