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Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TYRANNIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A common flycatcher of open arid areas of the West, the Ash-throated Flycatcher nests in holes in trees, fence posts, and nest boxes.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized bird, medium to large flycatcher.
  • Long rusty tail.
  • Short, bushy crest.
  • Back brown.
  • Throat and chest pale gray.
  • Belly pale yellow.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but paler, with buffy tips to wing feathers, and more rufous in tail.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Brown-crested Flycatcher very similar, but has different calls, slightly thicker and broader bill, and rufous of tail feathers extends to tip.
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher slightly smaller, colored a bit brighter, bill proportionately larger, tail with only little rufous, and call different.
  • Great-crested Flycatcher is larger, chest darker, belly much brighter yellow, base of lower mandible pale brown, rufous to tip of tail feathers, and has different call.

    Backyard Tips

    Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.

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