Scale-crested pygmy tyrant

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Scale-crested pygmy tyrant
Scale-crested Pygmy-Tirant.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Lophotriccus
Species: L. pileatus
Binomial name
Lophotriccus pileatus
(Tschudi, 1844)

The scale-crested pygmy tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus) is a species of bird in the family Tyrannidae.

Buonaventura Reserve, Umbrella Bird Lodge - Ecuador
Buonaventura Reserve, Umbrella Bird Lodge - Ecuador

It was given its name for the small crown-like ring of feathers on the top of its head. It raises these feathers both to attract a mate and to seem larger when frightened.

It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and possibly Honduras.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

Not much is known about the habits or breeding of the bird.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lophotriccus pileatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.