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Buff-breasted Flycatcher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small flycatcher with a very short, thin bill, large eyes and head for its size, and medium-length wings and tail.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, slightly smaller than an Orange-crowned Warbler.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.1 in (13 cm)
      • Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (6-9 g)

Regional Differences

There are six named subspecies of Buff-breasted Flycatcher, differing slightly in measurements or plumage features. These include the tiny pygmaeus of northern Mexico and Arizona (rarely New Mexico), fulvifrons of Tamaulipas, rubicundus of southern Chihuahua and Durango south to Guerrero and Veracruz, brodkorbi of southern Oaxaca, fusciceps of Chiapas and adjacent Guatemala (often has darker coloring overall), and inexpectatus of southern Honduras.