Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-headed Marsh-tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala)


French: Moucherolle à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Wassertyrann Spanish: Viudita cabeciblanca

Pipra leucocephala


, 1764,





N & E Colombia and N & C Venezuela E to Trinidad and the Guianas, S irregularly to NE Peru, N & E Bolivia, N Argentina, Paraguay and SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm; 10–16·3 g. Male has white head (slightly bushy-crested) and throat contrasting sharply with blackish-brown or dark chocolate-brown rest... read more


Usually quiet, occasionally a high, sharp “sedik!”; low “dew-de-lewde”... read more


Freshwater marshes, ponds and damp grass in llanos, also marshy areas along larger rivers... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Generally conspicuous, especially male; perches erect. Sallies short distances from posts or low branches over water to air, or... read more


Jun–Nov in Venezuela and Jan–Apr and Jul–Oct in Trinidad; Jan–Mar in Colombia; Oct–Feb in Brazil and Oct... read more


Resident; occasional wanderers reported from NE Peru and NE Ecuador (along R Napo), possibly... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common. Much of its habitat remains in relatively pristine condition within its large range, throughout which it occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Farnsworth, A. & Langham, G. (2020). White-headed Marsh-tyrant (Arundinicola leucocephala). 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 20 February 2020).