French: Tyranneau des rivières German: Uferkleintyrann Spanish: Piojito ribereño
P. L. Sclater and Salvin
near Sarayacu, lower Río Ucayali, Peru
Subspecies and Distribution
S. h. venezuelana
J. T. Zimmer, 1940 – R Orinoco and tributaries in extreme E Colombia and C Venezuela.
S. h. hypoleuca
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1866 – E Ecuador, E Peru, SE Colombia, W Amazonian Brazil and N Bolivia.
S. h. pallida
E. Snethlage, 1907 – lower Amazon and lower R Tapajós and R Tocantins, in EC Brazil.
10·5 cm; 5·5–6·7 g. Slender, grey tyrannulet of river-island scrub. Nominate race has grey forehead, black mid-crown, central crown feathers elongated to form flat... read more
Excited, slightly rising rattle preceded by 2-note phrase accented on second note, “chip-skéép-pf-t... read more
Mainly low, sparse, early-successional scrub along large river margins and islands, also seasonally... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects. Forages alone, or in pairs or family groups. Active, reminiscent of a gnatcatcher (Polioptila), restlessly moving... read more
Jun–Oct in Colombia; fledgling in Jul and nest in Oct in Venezuela. Nest a delicate, tightly constructed open cup, outer diameter 4·5... read more
Resident; may move seasonally with changes in water level.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to fairly common, but local. In Venezuela, fairly common at Hato Cedral and Hato El Frio (W Apure), and on river islets near Porto Ayacucho (NW... read more
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