White-headed Marsh Tyrant Arundinicola leucocephala


The White-headed Marsh-Tyrant is a widespread species in tropical South America though absent from much of Amazonia. Sexually dimorphic, the male’s plumage consists of a stark white head and black body making it one of the most unique tyrant-flycatchers. The species has a strong ecological preference for slow moving or stagnant marshlands where it perches on reeds or small shrubs and sallies for flying insects. Its nest is a large, messy, globular construction of grass and feathers with a side entrance. Conspicuous and distinctive, the male White-headed Marsh-Tyrant is not likely to be missed or mis-identified in appropriate habitat, although the female should be compared with species of the genus Fluvicola.

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

Recommended Citation

White-headed Marsh Tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala), 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/whmtyr1