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Galapagos Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by HelenB
Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador, 8th October 2019

Alternative name: Large-billed Flycatcher

Myiarchus magnirostris


13.5 - 15.3 cm, the only Myiarchus flycatcher in Galapagos
Upperside mostly brown-grey with two paler wing bars and and rufous edges to primaries. Rump is brown-rufous. Underside has pale grey throat and upper breast while the rest is pale lemon-yellow. Bill is dark with paler base, dark legs, and dark brown eyes.

Photo © by Robert Davis
Galapagos Islands, 24 January 2007


Galapagos flycatchers from Floreana seems to be somewhat greyer than those from other islands.


Endemic to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest and shrubland, more often at lower elevation but also present at higher elevation.

Several images shows birds from Floreana as greyer than most others
Photo © by NJLarsen
Floreana, Galapagos Islands, 13 August 2015


Food includes both insects and other invertebrates as well as fruit. Feeding takes place from the ground to a few meters above.


Song is a two or three syllable sound described as wheet-wheet-we, and call is a hard sound similar to what birds from this genus gives elsewhere.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Swash, A & R Still 2005. Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands, 2nd ed. Christopher Helm and Wildguides Ldt. ISBN 978-0-7136-7551-1
  3. Wiedenfeld, D. A. (2020). Galapagos Flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.galfly1.01
  4. Observations by Birdforum Member

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