Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Drab Water-tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis)


French: Moucherolle riverain German: Weißbrauentyrann Spanish: Mosquerito guardarríos

Elainea [sic] littoralis


, 1868,

Borba, Rio Madeira, Brazil




Amazonian S Colombia, S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar) and S Guyana to E Ecuador, E Peru, N & C Bolivia and NW & NC Brazil; also N French Guiana and extreme NC Brazil (NE Amapá).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 13·4 g. Generally rather nondescript. Plumage is sandy brown above, crown and lores darker, rump paler, faint whitish supercilium; wings and... read more


Usually quiet; call a weak, whistled “fwoit” or “fweet”; pair-members duet... read more


Along tropical rivers and margins, especially near steep banks, exposed roots, or piles of debris;... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Usually singly or in pairs; often confiding, sometimes repeatedly allowing close approach and then flying only to short distance.... read more


Apr–Oct (Peru). Nest an open cup of grass stems, rootlets and mud, placed 3 m above river edge or in steep riverbank, often on hard... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, but sometimes thinly spread along rivers. Occurs in Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve, in Venezuela, Tinigua... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2019). Drab Water-tyrant (Ochthornis littoralis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).