Dusky Flycatcher

Empidonax oberholseri

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

DUFL

Code 6

EMPOBE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Dusky Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 2,700,000 square kilometers. It is native to the nations of North America and Guatemala and prefers temperate, tropical, or subtropical forest and shrubland ecosystems,. The global population of this bird is 3,600,000 individuals and it does not appear to meet population size or decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Dusky Flycatcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Dusky Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-gray upperparts and white or yellow tinged underparts. The upper breast has a pale olive wash. Eye has faint eye-ring. Bill is black except for orange base of lower mandible. The legs and feet are black. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Dusky Flycatcher: Breeds from British Columbia and western South Dakota south to southern California, central Arizona, and northern New Mexico. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and in southern Arizona and Texas. Preferred habitats include woodlands containing tall trees and tall undergrowth, mountain chaparral, and open, brushy coniferous forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"dee-hick", "sill-it, "grrreeep", "pweet", "whit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The scientific name of the Dusky Flycatcher commemorates the American ornithologist Harry Church Oberholser.
  • 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 Flycatcher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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