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Série com a Freirinha ou Lavadeira-de-cabeça-branca (Arundinicola leucocephala) - Series with the White-headed marsh-tyrant - 05-05-2010 - IMG_6797 | by Flávio Cruvinel Brandão
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Série com a Freirinha ou Lavadeira-de-cabeça-branca (Arundinicola leucocephala) - Series with the White-headed marsh-tyrant - 05-05-2010 - IMG_6797

Fotografado em Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil.

Muito obrigado ao stongemp pela identificação desta ave.

Photographed in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Thank you very much to stongemp for the identification of this bird.

A seguir, um texto, em português, da Wikipédia, a Enciclopédia livre:

A Lavadeira-de-cabeça-branca (Arundinicola leucocephala) é uma ave passeriforme da família dos tiranídeos, com ampla distribuição no Brasil e países adjacentes, em pântanos e lagoas. O macho dessa espécie possui a cabeça branca e o corpo negro, e a fêmea é pardacenta com dorso mais escuro e fronte, face e peito brancos. Também é conhecido pelos nomes de freirinha, maria-velhinha, rendeiro, velhinha, velhinho, velho e viuvinha.

É a única espécie do género Arundinicola.

Fotografado em Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil.

Photographed in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Following, a text, in english, from Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia:

The White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Arundinicola leucocephala, is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family, the only species of the genus Arundinicola. It breeds in tropical South America from Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay.

The adult White-headed Marsh Tyrant is 12.7 cm long and weighs 15 g. The male is entirely brown-black, apart from the relatively large white head and yellowish lower mandible. The female has brown upperparts and wings and a black tail. Her underparts, sides of the head and forecrown are dull white. This is a quiet species, but the call is a sharp sedik.

This species is found in marshy savannahs, reedbeds and the edges of mangrove swamps. White-headed Marsh Tyrants wait on an exposed low perch in marsh vegetation or a branch near water, occasionally sallying out to feed on insects, their staple diet, before returning to the perch. They often pick off insects from the vegetation, but more frequently out of mid-air and even from shallow water.[1]

The nest is a feather-lined oval ball of grasses and other plant material, with a porched side entrance. It is placed at the end of a branch near or over water. Both sexes incubate the typical clutch of two or three creamy-white eggs, which are marked with a few brown spots. Cowbirds often parasitise the nest.

This bird is not considered threatened by the IUCN. Local populations may disappear however due to declining habitat quality.

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