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Pied Water Tyrant - BirdForum Opus

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


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.


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.


This is a monotypic species1.

Has been considered conspecific with Black-backed Water Tyrant.


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



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.


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


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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