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Old Thursday 9th July 2009, 18:09   #1
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Arizona Empid ID help

I photographed this bird in Madera Canyon in Arizona and would like any input that anyone here has to offer concerning its ID. I am mostly interested in the reasoning behind your ID assignment.

The bird was working the vegetation at about eye-level and not returning to the same perch twice. It did not remain in the area for long and I was not able to hear it vocalize.

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It looks like a Cordilleran Flycatcher. They are probably the most common species of empid in those canyons at this time of year.
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Thanks for the input here. It looks like not many people are willing to touch this one (I don’t blame them). Do you think this bird looks like a Cordilleran Flycatcher because that is what you expect to find in this location or is there some field-mark that you are using to make this determination? I am not trying to be smart, just trying to build my empid ID skills and any info would help.

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Cordilleran and Buff-breasted are the only empids that breed in those canyons. It is worn, but the dull greenish color, slightly crested appearance, teardrop-shaped eyering, and short primary projection are all good for a Cordilleran.
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Thanks for your follow-up. This bird is obviously not a Buff-breasted Flycatcher and it is my understanding that you are correct that only that and Cordilleran breed in the area I wonder is there any way to exclude a stray Dusky or Hammonds… based on these photos?

I do agree that it is probably a Cordilleran.

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