Cordilleran Flycatcher

Empidonax occidentalis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

COFL

Code 6

EMPOCC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cordilleran Flycatcher has a large range, estimated at 2,300,000 globally. It is native to the nations of North America. It prefers temperate, subtropical, or tropical forest ecosystems whether dry or moist. This bird has an estimated global population of 2,600,000 individuals. The population shows no sign of significant decline that would warrant inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of Cordilleran Flycatcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Cordilleran Flycatcher: Small flycatcher with olive-brown upperparts, yellow throat and belly separated by olive-gray breast, elongated white eye-ring, and pale wing-bars. Black bill is long and wide, and lower mandible is bright yellow. Weak fluttering flight with shallow wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Cordilleran Flycatcher: Breeds from extreme southwestern Alberta through Nevada and Rocky Mountains to Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas and into northern Mexico. Winters south of U.S.-Mexico border along the Pacific coast of central Mexico. Preferred habitats include mountain forests and wooded canyons.

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Cordilleran Flycatcher SONGS AND CALLS

Cordilleran Flycatcher B1

"Tseet" female position call.

Cordilleran Flycatcher B2

Male position call is a rising "pee-IST".

Similar Sounding

Pacific-slope Flycatcher B2

Song is a whistled "pseet-ptsick-seet".


Voice Text

"pit-peet", "seet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Cordilleran and Pacific-slope flycatchers are very similar, and were formerly considered a single species known as the Western Flycatcher.
  • A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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Head Feathers and Markings X
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