Dusky-capped FlycatcherMyiarchus tuberculifer
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.
A plaintive pee-ur, rising and then falling in pitch, followed by a soft huit. Call note a soft huit.
plaintive whistles & other calls
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Scrub oak thickets and canyon growth.
Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Winters south of U.S.-Mexico border. Also in tropics.
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.
4 or 5 creamy-white, finely marked eggs in a tree cavity.