Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Empidonax flaviventris

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

YBFL

Code 6

EMPFLN

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher has a vast range reaching up to roughly 5.3 million square kilometers. This bird can be found throughout all of North America, as well as Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Pierre and with vagrant populations in Cuba, Greenland and Jamaica as well. This bird appears in temperate, tropical and subtropical forests as well as plantations and many wetland areas such as rivers and streams, bogs, marshes, swamps and peatlands. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 6.2 million individuals. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-green upperparts, yellow underparts, and olive-green wash on breast. Spectacles are pale yellow. The wings are dark with two white bars. Feeds on a variety of insects and spiders. Weak fluttering flight with shallow rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher: Breeds from central Alaska through subarctic Canada to Newfoundland, south to the Great Lakes region, northern New York, northern New England, and the Maritime Provinces. Spends winters from southern Mexico to Panama. Preferred habitats include conifer and mixed forests, swamps, bogs, and other poorly drained landscapes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pse-k", "per-WEE", "chiu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was first described in 1843 by Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American ornithologist and ichthyologist.
  • It is the easiest of the eastern Empidonax flycatchers to identify.
  • It winters in semi-open habitats of Central America, including coffee plantations. Shade-grown coffee plantations have higher densities than sun-grown coffee plantations.
  • A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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