Variegated Flycatcher

Empidonomus varius

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4

VAFL

Code 6

EMPVAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Variegated Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest or dry savanna ecosystems. The global population of this bird is not precisely known but does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Variegated Flycatcher is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Variegated Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher, dark brown-and-black scaled upperparts, brown eye-line on pale face, thin brown moustache stripe, dark-streaked, pale yellow underparts. Dark pale edged wing feathers. Dark tail feathers with thick rufous edges. Eats insects, berries, fruits.

 

Range and Habitat

Variegated Flycatcher: This is a South American species, but it occurs accidentally in North America. It has been recorded in central Maine, southern Missouri, northeast Oregon, southeast Washington, and extreme southern Ontario. This species prefers tropical or subtropical lowland forests and degraded former forest habitats.

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Variegated Flycatcher SONGS AND CALLS

Variegated Flycatcher PP1

Call is a thin, nasal "zureee" or "pseee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"zreeeee", "chee-chee-chuuuuuuu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Variegated Flycatcher was described by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot, a French ornithologist, in 1818.
  • It is one of 3 widespread flycatchers that are streaked below.
  • 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

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