Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Myiarchus tuberculifer

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

DCFL

Code 6

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Dusky-capped Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 11,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to Mexico and the United States as well as many of the nations of Central and South America and prefers forest and wetlands ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in plantations and degraded former forests. The global population of this bird is estimated to be between 5,000,000 and 50,000,000 individuals and it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Dusky-capped Flycatcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Dusky-capped Flycatcher: Small Myiarchus flycatcher with olive-brown upperparts, white and red-edged wing feathers, brown tail. Throat and breast are pale gray and belly is pale yellow.Feeds on insects, fruits and berries. Rapid flight with shallow wing beats. Sallies to snatch insects in flight.


Range and Habitat

Dusky-capped Flycatcher: Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, locally in Texas, and into central western Mexico. Spends winters in coastal California or south of the U.S.-Mexico border from central Mexico south into the tropics. Preferred habitats include scrub oak thickets and canyon growths.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pee-ur", "huit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Dusky-capped Flycatcher is best separated from other confusingly similar Myiarchus species by its smaller size, blackish head, and its call, a sorrowful, descending, whistled peeur or wheeeeeu.
  • A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Dusky-capped Flycatcher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Juan Costa

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