Brown-crested Flycatchers

The Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus) lives in open woodland from southern California, southern Nevada, central Arizona, and southern Texas southward to Argentina and Bolivia, and on Trinidad and Tobago.

It is mostly resident (non-migratory), but American breeders may move south to Mexico or southern Florida for the winter.

Description

Adult Brown-crested Flycatchers measure about 20.3cm in length and weigh 30g.

The upper plumage is olive brown, with a darker head and short crest. The chest is grey and the belly is lemon yellow. The brown tail feathers and wings have rufous outer webs, and there are two dull wing bars. They have heavy bills. Males and females look alike.

Nesting / Breeding

The nest is built in a tree cavity or similar natural or man-made hole, and the normal clutch is two or three purple-marked cream eggs.

Adult Brown-crested Flycatchers are 20.3cm long and weigh 30g, and have heavy bills. The upperparts are olive brown, with a darker head and short crest. The breast is grey and the belly is lemon yellow. The brown tail feathers and wings have rufous outer webs, and there are two dull wing bars. Males and females look alike.

Call / Vocalization

The Brown-crested Flycatcher’s call is described as a rough loud come HERE, come HERE or whit-will-do, whit-will-do.

Diet / Feeding

It mostly feeds on insects often caught by flycatching amongst the undergrowth.

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