Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Myiodynastes luteiventris




Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White to buff with red brown and lavender spots

Number of Eggs:

2 - 4

Incubation Days:

15 - 16

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

In tree., 20 - 50 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Cavity filled with stems, pine needles, and leaves.





Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Large flycatcher with boldly streaked olive-brown upperparts and pale yellow underparts with dark brown streaks. Eyestripes are thick and black with white borders. Wings are dark and edged with white. Tail is rust-brown. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Native of Mexico and Central America, but also breeds in the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona. Mostly breeds from southern Arizona along the Pacific and Gulf Coasts of Mexico. Preferred habitats include sycamore trees in deep canyons from 5,000 to 7,500 feet above sea level.

Breeding and Nesting

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Two to four white to buff eggs with red brown and lavender spots are laid in a nest made of stems, pine needles, and leaves built in a natural cavity in a large sycamore, usually 20 to 50 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 15 to 16 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Feeds on insects caught in the air; also eats small fruits and berries. Often sits on perch high in a treetop to spot prey, and then hawks it in flight.

Readily Eats

Meal Worms


Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Call is an excited chatter similar to the squeaking of a rubber duck. Song is a soft "tre-le-re-re."

Similar Species

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher: Piratic Flycatcher is smaller, has shorter bill, and is darker overall.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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