Dusky Flycatcher Life History


Habitat Open WoodlandsScrub, brushy areas, thickets, aspen groves, open coniferous forests, and mountain chaparral.Back to top


Food InsectsInsects.Back to top


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


Conservation Low ConcernDusky Flycatcher is relatively common, and populations were stable, with a possible small decline, between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 7.8 million, with 60% spending some part of the year in the U.S., 96% in Mexico, and 39% breeding in Canada. The species rates an 11 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Dusky Flycatcher is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species and is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


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

Pereyra, Maria E. and James A. Sedgwick. (2015). Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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