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Lesser Antillean Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by njlarsen
Emerald Pool, Dominica, April 2011
Myiarchus oberi


Upperside dark brownish olive-grey with two beige wing-bars on wings that otherwise are brownish gray (rufous flashes are visible in the open wing). Tail has the brown coloring with reddish inner webs usually only visible from below. Underside is grey down to the middle of the breast and yellow below that. Bill is broad and black and surrounded by bristles. The tip of the upper mandible is hooked.


This species in endemic to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, occurring in St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Christopher, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and St. Lucia.


The two central tail feathers have been moulted on this bird which is why the rufous inner vanes on the next pair of tail feathers are visible
Photo by njlarsen
Syndicate, Dominica, August 2017

The species is divided into four subspecies[1]:

  • M. o. berlepschii
  • M. o. oberi
  • M. o. sclateri
  • M. o. sanctaeluciae

It has previously been associated with Stolid Flycatcher of Bahamas and the Greater Antilles.


Mostly in forest edge, fruit plantations.


Often keeps out of sight of the Gray Kingbird by sitting on lower branches and flycatching down below the tree or gleaning insects from leaves.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Raffaele et al. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 0713649054
  3. BF member, personal observations

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