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A small Myiarchus with a bushy crest and a brownish-black crown contrasting with dull, dark olive upperparts, dull whitish edges to the wing coverts and a hint of rufous on the edge of the primaries. The tail is dark brown with no rufous edging.
Southern Arizona and southwestern corner of New Mexico; Mexico south to northern half of South America. Rare but regular vagrant to California. Accidental to casual vagrant in Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.
There are thirteen recognized subspecies: olivascens, tuberculifer, lawrenceii, querolous, platyrhynchus, manens, connectens, littoralis, atriceps, nigricapillus, brunneiceps, pallidus, and nigriceps.
Humid lowland forests and clearings.
The diet includes insects, and fruits are taken in the winter.
They nest in a tree cavity; 3 brown-marked buff eggs are laid. The young fledge after 13 days.