Drab Water Tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis)

Drab Water-Tyrant

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Ochthornis littoralis | [UK] Drab Water-Tyrant | [FR] Moucherolle riverain | [DE] Weissbrauentyrann | [ES] Mosquerito Guardarrios | [IT] Tiranno dei litorali | [NL] Vale Tapuittiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

It is mostly pale sandy brown with darker wings and tail, a white supercilium and a fairly broad black bill.

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 3  
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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela.


It is found along rivers where there are banks and tangles of vegetation. They are usually in pairs a meter or so above the surface of the water.


Nest an open cup made out of rootlets placed 3 meter above ground. Usually in above riverbank or steep vertical mudflats Clutch size is 3-4 eggs, no further data.

Feeding habits

Feeds on insects caugth by perching and sallying just above the water surface. Will also drop to ground to catch prey.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4,600,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Drab Water-Tyrant status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Drab Water-Tyrant range map


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