Living Bird Magazine
Gray FlycatcherEmpidonax wrightii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Tyrannidae
A typical species of the Great Basin sagebrush, the Gray Flycatcher can be quickly recognized not by its drab plumage, but by its habit of slowly wagging its tail downwards.More ID Info
- Mosquero Gris (Spanish)
- Moucherolle gris (French)
- Cool Facts
- The similarity of Gray and Dusky flycatchers has caused confusion for a long time. In fact, the specimen designated as the "type" for Dusky Flycatcher was actually a Gray Flycatcher.
- The Gray Flycatcher was not recognized as breeding in the United States until the early 20th century. Before that time it was thought to breed in northern Mexico and to wander northward in the fall.