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Pied Water Tyrant

From Opus

Photo © by Steve G Nariva Swamp, TrinidadMay 2006
Photo © by Steve G
Nariva Swamp, TrinidadMay 2006
Fluvicola pica


[edit] Identification

12·5–13·5 cm (5-5¼ in)

  • White head
  • Black hindcrown to nape, back, wings and tail

Sexes are similarly marked, though the female is browner on the back.
Immature birds are brown where the adult is black.

[edit] Distribution

FemalePhoto © by Gerald FriesenTrinidad, February 2017
Photo © by Gerald Friesen
Trinidad, February 2017

Central and South America: found in the eastern half of Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, The Guianas, and just into northern Brazil.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

Has been considered conspecific with Black-backed Water Tyrant.

[edit] Habitat

Savannas and the edges of mangrove swamps, marshes, lakes and ponds.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The large ball-shaped nest is constructed by both adults and made from plant material. It has a side entrance and is lined with feathers. The clutch consists of 2-3 cream brown-spotted eggs which are incubated by both adults.

[edit] Diet

Diet consists almost entirely of insects, generally gleaned from leaves and emergent vegetation. They usually forage singly, or in loosely associated pairs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  3. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)

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