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A Tyrant with fluttering “butterfly” display flight

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

The Pied Water Tyrant (Fluvicola pica) 13.5 cm long and weighs 13g. Adults are mainly white with a black nape, back, wings and tail. Sexes are similar, although the female may have some brown mixed with the black, and immature birds are brown where the adult is black. The call is a nasal djweeooo.This species is found in marshy savannahs and the edges of mangrove swamps. Pied Water Tyrants often bob up and down when perched, and have a fluttering “butterfly” display flight.

Photo credits: Daniel Ho

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