- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Tyrannidae
The unassuming Dusky-capped Flycatcher looks like a smaller, slimmer version of an Ash-throated or Great Crested Flycatcher—a brown bird with a gray chest, yellow belly, and rusty highlights in the wings. Common through much of tropical America and reaching barely into the southwestern U.S., these birds tend to forage inside the foliage of trees but make their presence known with a plaintive whistled call. Look for them in canyons among sycamores and willows, in pine-oak woodlands, and (farther south) in many types of tropical forests.More ID Info
Find This Bird
Searching for Dusky-capped Flycatcher starts with learning its vocalizations, especially the plaintive peeurr that pairs use to stay in contact for much of the day, even in the heat of the day. Actually seeing the bird may take some trial and error, as they can slip out of view easily as they forage within the foliage of trees.
- Copetón Capirotado (Spanish)
- Tyran olivâtre (French)
Dusky-capped Flycatchers nest in tree cavities and may use nest boxes. A medium-sized box is sufficient, such as the size we recommend for Ash-throated Flycatcher at our All About Birdhouses site. A hinged side panel will make the box easier to clean after the nesting season.
- Cool Facts
- Dusky-capped Flycatchers belong to the genus Myiarchus, a group of some 22 species with characteristic reddish highlights in the wings (and often the tail), and yellow bellies. Most species live in Central and South America, with only a few species, such as Great Crested and Ash-throated Flycatchers, reaching the United States.
- The Dusky-capped Flycatcher is a widespread but little-studied Neotropical species. There may be as many as 13 subspecies, some of which have very different calls—a clue that multiple species might be involved. Read more about the role of vocalizations in discovering new species.