Masked Water-Tyrant Fluvicola nengeta


The Masked Water-Tyrant occupies riparian thickets and scrubland in eastern Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte south to Rio de Janeiro, and also occurs in western Ecuador and adjacent northwestern Peru.  The Masked Water-Tyrant is a handsome white bird with a contrasting black eyestripe, black wings and tail.  The Masked Water-Tyrant usually is found singly or in pairs foraging on or near the ground along waterways and ponds.  These flycatchers often run along aquatic vegetation, making short aerial sallies or quick dashes to catch passing insects.

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

Recommended Citation

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