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Tufted Flycatcher

From Opus

Alternative name: Northern Tufted Flycatcher

Mitrephanes phaeocercus
Photo by firecrest15Savegre River forest, Costa Rica, May 2009
Photo by firecrest15
Savegre River forest, Costa Rica, May 2009


[edit] Identification

12 cm. Olive green upperparts and pointed crest, black tail and wings, two buff wing bars and buff edging to the secondary feathers, ochre-orange breast shading to bright yellow on the belly. Very short flat bill. Sexes are similar. Young birds have brownish upperparts with buff fringing, orange wing bars and paler underparts. Some sources state that "adults show a greenish-olive crest and juveniles a sooty-brown pileum".

[edit] Distribution

Northwestern Mexico to northwestern Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

Has been considered conspecific with Olive Flycatcher.

[edit] Subspecies

  • M. p. tenuirostris
  • M. p. phaeocercus
  • M. p. aurantiiventris
  • M. p. berlepschi

[edit] Habitat

Mature mountain forest and tall second growth, especially at edges and clearings with trees.

[edit] Behaviour

  • Breeding: The female builds a saucer nest of moss, liverworts and lichens high on a branch or vine, usually concealed among ferns, bromeliads and other epiphytes. 2 brown-blotched white eggs are laid and are incubated by the female for 15-16 days.
  • Diet: The diet includes insects.
  • Voice: Frequently calls and can accompany mixed flocks. Vocalizations differ north and south of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and possibly elsewhere.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Birdforum thread discussion id of this species

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