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19Â·5â€“23 cm (7Â¾-9 in) long; weighs 43 g. The head is brown with a yellow crown patch, usually concealed; dusky eye mask and a white supercilium. Upperparts are brown with darker brown streaks on the back. Wings have rufous and white edges; tail and rump have chestnut edges. Underparts are yellowish-white, with marked brown streaks. Sexes similar. Juvenile birds have brown coloring where the adults are black.
Southernmost breeders have blacker streaks on upperparts and tail mainly blackish, while the majority of the range has tail mainly rufous. Central American breeders yellower in face and more olivaceous above.
 Similar species
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher has a stronger malar, about as strong as the black through the eye, black chin, and often bigger flesh-colored area at base of lower mandible.
The northernmost subspecies M. m. insolens migrates south to South America in northern winter, while the southern subspecies M. m. solitarius, migrates to the Guianas and Venezuela from March to September.
Seven subspecies are recognized:
Edges of forests and cocoa plantations.
Typical flycatcher, perching on branch or twig and sallying forth to catch flying insects.
As well as flying insects they also eat small lizards, and berries.
Nests in a tree hollow or bromeliad plant, building a cup-shaped nest of twigs and grasses. Female builds the nest and lays 2-3 eggs, which are creamy-white with red-brown spots. Incubation is 16-17 days, and both parents feed the young, which fledge in 18-21 d
Has a noisy sqEEE-zip call. ays.
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