Piratic Flycatcher

Legatus leucophaius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

PIFL

Code 6

LEGLEU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Piratic Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 11,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Central and South America, and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest ecosystems but can live on arable land or pastureland as well as in degraded former forests. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined but is quite large and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Piratic Flycatcher is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Piratic Flycatcher: Small olive-brown flycatcher has brown crown, white face with dark eye-line and moustache stripe, white throat shading to pale yellow on belly, and faint dark streaks on breast, sides. Dark wings have two bars; pale feather edges. Dark tail has pale feather edges.

 

Range and Habitat

Piratic Flycatcher: Commonly found in Mexico and from northern Argentina to southern Brazil. Often migrate to Costa Rica between the months of January and February. Overwinter in southern Brazil and Argentina. Frequently occupy the semi-open country, cultivated areas with tall trees, and the forest edge. In Costa Rica, they reside on secondary savannahs or coffee plantations.

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Piratic Flycatcher SONGS AND CALLS

Piratic Flycatcher A1

Song is a shrill "whiye'eee" or "pee-e-e-e".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"whiye'eee", "pee-e-e-e", "titititi", "pee-de-de-de"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Piratic flycatcher was first described in 1818 by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, the French ornithologist.
  • It gets its name from its habit of appropriating nests of other bird species, even those in use.
  • 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

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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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.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
UnderpartsX

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

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