Merlin

Hammond's Flycatcher Identification

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  • Size & Shape

    A tiny and delicately built songbird with a very short, pointed bill, comparatively long, pointed wings (that reach farther down the tail than in Dusky Flycatchers—this is known as “primary projection”). Hammond’s appear large-eyed, large-headed, and somewhat short-tailed (because of the longer primary projection) than Dusky and Gray Flycatchers.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Red-breasted Nuthatch, slightly smaller than a Western Wood-Pewee.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
      • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (8-12 g)
      • Wingspan: 8.7 in (22 cm)