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Dusky Flycatcher


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A dull flycatcher of western mountains, the Dusky Flycatcher is found in chaparral, streamside thickets, and open brushy areas. It is extremely difficult to tell from Hammond's Flycatcher by appearance alone.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small flycatcher.
  • Prominent eyering and wingbars.
  • Back grayish.
  • Underparts whitish, with some yellowish wash.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but wingbars broader and more buff, lower mandible mostly yellow.

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    Dusky Flycatcher

  • Adult

    Dusky Flycatcher

    • Worn spring plumage
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Channel Islands, California, April 2000

    Dusky Flycatcher


Similar Species

  • Closely resembles Hammond's and Gray flycatchers. Habitat, song, and sometimes range are the best ways to distinguish among these species. Gray Flycatcher's downward tail wagging is distinctive; other Empidonax flycatchers flick their tails upward.
  • Gray and Hutton's vireos also are small, drab, birds with white wingbars, but the vireos have a more horizontal perching posture and narrow, hooked bills.

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