Tyrant Flycatchers


Acadian FlycatchersThe Acadian Flycatcher, Empidonax virescens, belongs to the tyrant flycatcher family.



The upper plumage is olive, darker on the tail and wings. White bars can be seen on the wings. The underparts are mostly whitish; the chest washed with olive.

They have white eye rings and a wide bill. The upper beak is dark-colored, the lower beak yellowish.


Habitat / Distribution:

They are found across the eastern United States and southwestern Ontario, migrating to Central America and northern South America.

Their numbers have declined somewhat in the southern parts of their range.

They breed in deciduous forests, typically near water. They build a loose cup nest in a horizontal fork in a tree or shrub.

In some areas, Brown-headed Cowbirds lay their eggs into the nests of the Acadian Flycatcher, for them to incubate and raise their brood.


Diet / Food:

They eat insects caught in flight or pick them off the foliage while hovering.

They also eat some berries, seedsd and plant material.


Call / Song:

This bird’s song is peet-sa, and their call is a soft peet.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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