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Drab Water Tyrant

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Photo © by Stanley JonesManu Lodge, Río Madre de Dios, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Manu Lodge, Río Madre de Dios, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018
Ochthornis littoralis


[edit] Identification

13.5cm (5.25in)
Generally drab and nondescript, pale rump, top of head and nape, wings and tail darker, crown contrasting slightly with nape, pale supercilium and darker loral stripe; below slightly paler and more sandy.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found from southern Guyana to southern Venezuela, northern Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil. IUCN listed as species of least concern.

[edit] Taxonomy

The monotypic[1] Drab Water-Tyrant is the only species within the (monotypic[1]) genus Ochthornis.

[edit] Habitat

Always found at stream and river margins where there are banks and tangles of vegetation.

[edit] Behaviour

Sedentary throughout range.

They are usually in pairs a meter or so above the surface of the water. Often seen in flight low over water, hugging bank.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects caught by perching and sallying just above the water surface. Will also drop to ground to catch prey.

[edit] Breeding

Nest an open cup made out of rootlets placed 3 metres above ground, usually above riverbank or steep vertical mudflats. Clutch size is 3-4 eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from

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