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Olive-sided Flycatcher


IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

A distinctive large flycatcher of the boreal and western coniferous forests, the Olive-sided Flycatcher gives its "quick-three-beers" song from the tops of tall snags. It makes dashing flights from its high perch to catch flying insects, then returns to the same perch.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large, stocky flycatcher.
  • Large head.
  • Relatively short tail.
  • White center of breast contrasts sharply with gray sides, giving a vested appearance.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but upperparts more brownish and wing feather edges washed buff.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Eastern and Western Wood-Pewee are smaller, have more prominent wingbars, and dirty white underparts that give only a suggestion of a vest.
  • Greater Pewee uniformly gray below, without white center to breast, and with a tufted crest.

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