Pacific-slope Flycatcher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A slim, small songbird with an upright posture, a large head that often looks peaked, and a straight, fairly wide bill. The tail is moderately long.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, smaller than a Black Phoebe.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (8-12 g)
      • Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in (20-23 cm)

Regional Differences

The three subspecies of Pacific-slope Flycatcher differ very slightly. A brightly colored subspecies (insulicola) breeds only on the Channel Islands in California; it has a different song and might some day be considered a separate species. Another, paler subspecies (cineritius) inhabits the mountains of southern Baja California, Mexico.

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