Dusky-capped FlycatcherMyiarchus tuberculifer

adult
Glenn Bartley/VIREO
adult
Rick and Nora Bowers/VIREO
adult
Glenn Bartley/VIREO
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Description

6 1/2 -7" (17-18 cm). A small Myiarchus flycatcher, with much brown, but no rufous on tail. Pale olive-brown above, grayish throat and breast, pale yellow belly.

Voice

A plaintive pee-ur, rising and then falling in pitch, followed by a soft huit. Call note a soft huit.

Listen

song
plaintive whistles & other calls

Habitat

Scrub oak thickets and canyon growth.

Range

Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Winters south of U.S.-Mexico border. Also in tropics.

Discussion

All flycatchers in the genus Myiarchus are similar in appearance. They may be identified by their habitats and, where habitats overlap, by voice. Small groups of Dusky-capped Flycatchers have been observed "sunning" face down, with wings and tails spread wide, on the steep, bare slope of an arroyo, or dry wash. Several other birds, including Common Ground-Doves, also indulge in this activity, which is not yet understood.

Nesting

4 or 5 creamy-white, finely marked eggs in a tree cavity.

Similar Species

adult

Great Crested Flycatcher

9" (23 cm). Slightly crested. Brown above, with gray throat, yellow belly, rufous wings and tail, and pale brown at base of lower mandible.

adult

Brown-crested Flycatcher

9 1/2" (24 cm). A large flycatcher, olive above and yellow below, with cinnamon in wings and tail.

adult

Couch's Kingbird

8 1/2" (22 cm). Bright yellow underparts, olive back, and dark patch through eye. Slightly forked brown tail without white.

adult

Tropical Kingbird

8-9 1/2" (20-24 cm). Resembles Western Kingbird. Gray head, olive back, and brown notched tail with no white. White throat and bright yellow upper breast, belly, and undertail coverts.

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