Hemitriccus: Gr. hemi, hemisus= small, half and trikkos= unidentified small bird. granadensis: New Granada, a former republic of South America.
10.5 cm (4.1 in). The Black-throated Tody-Tyrant has olive-green upperparts and crown. The wings are plain. The loral area, forehead, and area around the eyes are white (caesius) or buffy (pyrrhops). The underparts are whitish with a distinctive black throat. The bill is black and the iris is brown. It forages in the sub-canopy and mid-story of humid montane forest. The black throat and pale or buffy in the loreal area and face are diagnostic but see Buff-throated Tody-Tyrant.
The Black-throated Tody-Tyrant is fairly common in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1800-3100 m.
It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Black-throated Tody-Tyrant (Hemitriccus granadensis pyrrhops), (Cabanis), 1874. SE Ecuador (E Loja) and Andes of Peru (Amazonas S to Cuzco).
It feeds on insects, forages for food between 2 and 8 m above the ground; 4 spends long periods sitting impassively and occasionally makes short flights within the dense vegetation to take advantage of some prey.
Like many small tyrant-flycatchers, the species’ voice draws the observer’s attention far more readily than its habits. the Black-throated Tody-Tyrant generally occurs singly or in pairs, which spend long periods perched stolidly, only occasionally making short, upward sallies within dense vegetation to seize insect prey.