Drab Water Tyrant Ochthornis littoralis

  • © Ian Davies

As a boat pushes upstream along a river in Amazonia, a pair of small, rather dull-colored, sandy birds with obviously pale rumps flits ahead of it along the bank. Seen well, and this species is often very confiding, these birds also exhibit a short whitish supercilium, and darker brown wings and tail; the Drab Water-Tyrant is well named, for both its plumage and strict association with waterside habitats, especially relatively large rivers. The sole member of Ochthornis, although this genus has sometimes been merged with the Andean chat-tyrants Ochthoeca, the Drab Water-Tyrant is found across the greater part of Amazonia, except the eastern quarter, and is also present in coastal French Guiana and extreme northeast Brazil.

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© Ted Parker

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Recommended Citation

Drab Water Tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/drwtyr1