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Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Empidonax fulvifrons ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TYRANNIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Buff-breasted Flycatcher Photo

A small Mexican flycatcher that just barely makes it into the United States in southern Arizona, the Buff-bellied Flycatcher is easily identified by its cinnamon breast and brown back. It is the brightest of the typically dull Empidonax flycatchers.

At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
5.1 in
13 cm
Weight
0.2–0.3 oz
6–9 g
Other Names
  • Moucherolle beige (French)
  • Empidonax canelo, Mosquerito canelo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Buff-breasted Flycatcher may benefit by periodic forest fires. Fire may open new habitat for this species by clearing dense undergrowth, which inhibits foraging.

Habitat


Open Woodland

Mountain canyons with pines and scrubby undergrowth.

Food


Insects

Insects.

Nesting

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Flycatching

Takes insects on the wing or from the ground; perches on dead branches and twigs between forays.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Listed as "state endangered" in Arizona because of small population size.

Credits

  • Bowers, R. K., Jr., and J. B. Dunning, Jr. 1994. Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons). In The Birds of North America, No. 125 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists' Union.

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