HIGHLY DISTINCTIVE ZEBRA-LIKE STRIPES ALONG WITH PROMINENT EYEBROWS COMBINE TO PRODUCE WHAT RESEMBLES A DAZZLING MOUSTACHIOED FLYING HUMBUG!
A highly distinctive bird with a solid black face and black and white streaking and a prominent spikey crest!
MEET THE BLACK-CRESTED TIT-TYRANT
The black titmouse or marañón titmouse (Anairetes nigrocristatus) is a species of bird with black upperparts and a narrow white stripe below. There are also two white wing bars, which are formed from the wide white tip of the wing coverts. The tail is black with white tips and the outer feathers are white. The underparts, throat, breast and flanks are covered in black and white bands, while the belly and undercoverts are cream-yellow. The head is black with a wide white patch on the crown and nape. Starting from the base of the beak, the elongated crown feathers form a V-shaped crest. Bright orange legs, brown eyes, black legs and feet.
The female has similar plumage, but her crest is shorter and the forehead is a duller black. The remaining black-and-white pattern is more dusky looking. Her bill is usually black with an orange-yellow lower mandible.
The juvenile has a shorter crest and its crown is more dusky than white.
These birds are found in Ecuador and Peru.
The Black-crested Tit-Tyrant likes to live in or around scrubby areas and woodland. It can also be seen in dense scrubby vegetation along streams or bordering ravines.
The Black-crested Tit-Tyrant is an insectivorous bird, foraging by flying from stem to stem, catching prey from leaves and twigs, and sometimes taking them when on the wing.
The breeding season for the Black-crested Tit-tyrant is between June and July when both parents build the nest and incubated the eggs. The female though is far more active in both these roles. She between 2 to 6 eggs with incubation between 12 to 16 days. Chicks are fed by both parents and become fledged after 12 to 24 days.