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Variegated Flycatcher

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Sexes are similarPhoto  ©  by Celso ParisSorocaba, Sao Paulo, SE Brazil, 2017
Sexes are similar
Photo © by Celso Paris
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, SE Brazil, 2017
Empidonomus varius


[edit] Identification

Subspecies rufinusPhoto © by rkaGran Couva, Trinidad, September 2018
Subspecies rufinus
Photo © by rka
Gran Couva, Trinidad, September 2018

18–19 cm (7-7½ in)

  • Dark brown, black scaled upperparts
  • Thick dark brown eye-line
  • Pale face
  • Thin brown moustachial stripe
  • Dark-streaked, pale yellow underparts
  • Dark wing feathers with pale edges
  • Dark tail feathers with thick rufous edges
  • Black upper mandible
  • Lower mandible is dark with yellow base

Sexes are similar

[edit] Similar Species

Very similar to the more common Piratic Flycatcher which is smaller and lacks the rufous upper tail. Smaller, and smaller billed than Streaked Flycatcher.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

It is a vagrant to the United States and Canada.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • E. v. rufinus:
  • E. v. varius:

A third subspecies is sometimes recognized: jelskii[2].

[edit] Habitat

Open areas, savannas, gallery forests and borders, and more rarely actual woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on both insects and fruits. The austral migrant subspecies appear to eat more fruit than the residential birds.

[edit] Movements

Northern South American birds are resident while southern birds migrate north during winter.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)
  4. What Bird

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