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A VERY UNIQUE, SOMEWHAT TYRANNICAL BIRD, WHO POPS OUT FROM REST WEARING A SUIT OF DISTINCTIVE BLACK, TOPPED OFF BY A PURE WHITE HEAD!

A VERY UNIQUE, SOMEWHAT TYRANNICAL BIRD, WHO POPS OUT FROM REST WEARING A SUIT OF DISTINCTIVE BLACK, TOPPED OFF BY A PURE WHITE HEAD!
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More than a little unique, this tiny flycatcher stands out from the rest with a black body topped off by a white head.

MEET THE WHITE-HEADED MARSH TYRANT

Photo Courtesy of PEHart / CC BY-SA 2.0

The white-headed swamp fly (Arundinicola leucocephala), also known as the swamp flycatcher, is 12.7 cm long and 15 g. The male is all black-brown except for a small white head and a yellow lower beak. It has a thin, powdery bill with a yellow lower mandible and a large black upper body. His eyes are dark and his legs and feet are black.

Photo Courtesy of Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0

The female has brown upperparts and wings along with a black tail. Her underparts, sides of the head, and forecrown are dull white.

Her bill, eyes, and legs are the same as the male.

Photo Courtesy of Brian Ralphs / CC BY 2.0

These birds are a resident species in South America from Colombia, Venezuela, and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay.

White-headed Marsh-Tyrant likes to live around freshwaters, such as marshes and ponds, in reed beds, and at the edges of mangrove swamps. It frequents marshy areas along streams, usually being found below 500 meters of elevation.

This bird likes to wait on an exposed perch in marsh vegetation or a branch near water, occasionally sallying out to feed on insects, their staple diet, before returning to the perch.

These birds build nests shaped like oval bulbs lined with feathers made of grass and other plants, with side entrances. It is placed at the end of a branch near or above water. Both the male and the female lay two or three pale white eggs, which are marked with a few brown spots. The transition takes about 12 to 16 days, a process shared by two adults. The parents also feed the young when they grow up about two weeks after hatching.

The White-headed Marsh-Tyrant is fairly common over its range, and populations are not currently thought to be threatened at this time.

Photo Courtesy of Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0

YOU CAN WATCH THIS BIRD IN ACTION RIGHT HERE IN THE VIDEO BELOW:

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