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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Empidonax flaviventris ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TYRANNIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The easiest eastern Empidonax to identify, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a bird of the boreal forests and bogs. Its yellow underparts distinguish it from the other eastern Empidonax

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small flycatcher.
  • Large head; rounded to almost crested.
  • Eyering, throat and breast yellowish.
  • Two broad yellow or white wingbars.

Immature Description

Similar to adults

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Field MarksHelp

  • Adult

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Adult
    • Mostly bright olive
    • Pale yellow belly with darker green breast
    • Two white wing-bars
    • Pale eye-ring
    • © Byard Miller, East Inlet Road, Pittsburg, New Hampshire, June 2008
  • Adult

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Adult
    • Pale yellow belly with olive green breast and head
    • Pale eye-ring
    • Two-toned bill black above, yellow-orange below
    • Two white wing bars
    • © Christopher L. Wood, New York
  • Adult

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Adult
    • Pale yellow belly sometimes surrounded by "vest" of darked olive
    • Bold eye ring
    • Short tail
    • Olive green on head, face and throat
    • © Byard Miller, East Inlet Road, Pittsburg, New Hampshire, June 2008
  • Immature

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Immature
    • Dull olive green on head and back
    • Dark face blends into paler olive throat
    • Pale yellow-white underparts
    • Bold, buffy wing-bars
    • © Tim Lenz, Mt. Pleasant, Ithaca, New York, August 2008
  • Adult

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Adult
    • Bright olive-green head and back
    • Two white wing-bars
    • Pale edges on flight feathers
    • White eye ring
    • © Misha_K, Montrose Point, Chicago, Illinois, May 2009

Similar Species

  • "Western" Flycatchers (Cordilleran and Pacific-slope) have teardrop-shaped eyering and duller wing coverts that do not contrast with wingbars. Also longer tail and shorter primaries.