Black-backed Water-Tyrant Fluvicola albiventer

  • © Bertrando Campos

Almost wholly black above, but for the forehead, a patch on the back, and two narrow white wing bars, and white below, the Black-backed Water-Tyrant should prove difficult to mistake. It is distributed broadly over much of the eastern third of South America, from central Amazonia and northeast Brazil south to central Argentina, but is always closely tied to water, especially ponds, open marshes, and slow-moving rivers. Some apparently move west during the austral winter, when the species is also recorded in upper Amazonia, including southeast Peru and northern Bolivia. In the past, this species was often treated as being conspecific with the Pied Water-Tyrant (Fluvicola pica) of northern South America.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-backed Water-Tyrant (Fluvicola albiventer), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: