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Dusky-capped Flycatcher

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Dusky-capped FlycatcherMyiarchus tuberculifer
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Tyrannidae

Basic Description

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.

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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.

Other Names

  • Copetón Capirotado (Spanish)
  • Tyran olivâtre (French)

Backyard Tips

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.

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