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    Buff-breasted Flycatcher Life History


    Habitat Open WoodlandsMountain canyons with pines and scrubby undergrowth.Back to top


    Food InsectsInsects.Back to top


    Behavior FlycatchingTakes insects on the wing or from the ground; perches on dead branches and twigs between forays.Back to top


    Conservation Low ConcernBuff-breasted Flycatcher populations have been slowly declining, and it is listed as "state endangered" in Arizona because of small population size. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million with 89% spending some part of the year in Mexico, and 1% in the U.S. They rate a 12 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


    Bowers Jr., Richard K. and John B. Dunning Jr. 1994. Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

    North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

    Partners in Flight. 2017. Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

    Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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