Living Bird Magazine
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Tyrannidae
A distinctive large flycatcher of the boreal and western coniferous forests, the Olive-sided Flycatcher gives its "quick-three-beers" song from the tops of tall snags. It makes dashing flights from its high perch to catch flying insects, then returns to the same perch.More ID Info
- Papamoscas Boreal (Spanish)
- Moucherolle à côtés olive (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Olive-sided Flycatcher is frequently associated with burned forests. The opened area and the abundant snags may help it to catch flying insects.
- When flushed off the nest during incubation, the female often drops down toward ground without beating her wings.
- Defends its nest aggressively. A pair was observed to knock a red squirrel off a nest limb and chase it away.
- The oldest recorded Olive-sided Flycatcher was at least 11 years, 1 month old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in California.