Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

ATFL

Code 6

MYICIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ash-throated Flycatcher has a breeding range of 925,000 square kilometers. It breeds in open oak forests and other open habitats in much of the western United States including central Texas south to central Mexico. This species winters in southern Arizona, and low elevations in Mexico south to Nicaragua. The Ash-throated Flycatcher has an estimated global breeding population of 7.8 million, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ash-throated Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts, pale gray throat and breast, and gray-brown tail with rufous highlights. The pale yellow belly distinguishes this species from other Myiarchus flycatchers. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Strong flight with shallow wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Ash-throated Flycatcher: Breeds as far north as Oregon and Washington, as far east as central Texas, and as far south as central Mexico. During migration, individuals may be seen farther east, from New England south to Florida. Preferred habitats include open woodlands, streamside thickets, oak scrub, dry plains spotted with trees or cacti, and deserts.

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Ash-throated Flycatcher SONGS AND CALLS

Ash-throated Flycatcher C1

High-pitched chattering flight calls.

Ash-throated Flycatcher A1

"Ka-brick" and "prrrt" calls.

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Voice Text

"prrrt", "ka-brik", "ka-brik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ash-throated Flycatcher frequently uses man-made structures for nesting. The use of artificial structures may have offset the loss of natural nest sites by development, and may be responsible for an increase in numbers.
  • Although it has become a hole-breeder, it still builds a nest and has streaked, camouflaged eggs like its open-nesting ancestors.
  • It is a rare, but regular vagrant to the East Coast. Individuals turn up nearly every year, and have been found in all coastal states and provinces.
  • A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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