Fuscous Flycatchers

The Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus) is endemic to the South American countries Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, as well as occuring on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

They inhabit woodland and scrubby areas. They tend to be inconspicuous birds that keep to undergrowth perches from which they can catch insects.

Breeding / Nesting

Its nest is usually located in a tree fork and it is constructed of twigs and bark lined with plant fiber.

The average clutch consists of three white eggs, which are marked with black at the larger end.


The Fuscous Flycatcher is 5.7 inches or 14.5 cm long and weighs 0.4 oz (11.9 g), including its long tail and black bill.

The upper plumage is a dull browh with darker brown wings and two buff wing bars.

They have a long whitish supercilium (line above eye). The chest is grey-brown and the belly pale yellow.

Males and females look alike.

Call / Vocalizations

The Fuscous Flycatcher’s call is described as a light chip, and its song as a chip-weeti-weeti-weetiyee, replaced in southern races by an explosive version at dawn, pit-pit-peedit.

Fuscous Flycatcher
Fuscous Flycatcher
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