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Buff breasted flycatcher

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Empidonax
Higher classification  Empidonax
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Tyrannidae
Scientific name  Empidonax fulvifrons
Rank  Species
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Similar  Greater pewee, Bird, Tyrant flycatcher, Thick‑billed kingbird, Northern beardless tyrannulet

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The buff-breasted flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) is a small insectivorous bird. It is the smallest Empidonax flycatcher, typically ranging from 11.5 to 13 cm (4.5 to 5 in) in size.


Buff-breasted flycatcher Buffbreasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons

Adults have olive gray upper bodies, darker coloration on the wings and tail, conspicuous white eye rings, white wing bars, small bills, and short tails. The breast of this species is distinctive, washed with a strong orange-buff color.

Buff-breasted flycatcher Buffbreasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons

Their preferred breeding habitat is scrub and open woodlands. They usually make a cup nest in the forks of trees. Females usually lay two eggs at a time.

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The range of the buff-breasted flycatcher extends from extreme southeastern Arizona in the United States through Mexico to southern Honduras.

Buff-breasted flycatcher Buffbreasted Flycatcher Identification All About Birds Cornell

These birds are partial migrants, retreating from their northern breeding areas in the United States and northern Mexico for the winter.

Buff-breasted flycatcher Buffbreasted Flycatcher Audubon Field Guide

To feed, they often wait on an open perch of a shrub or low branch of a tree and fly out to catch insects in flight. They also sometimes pick insects from foliage while hovering.

Buff-breasted flycatcher Buffbreasted Flycatcher Identification All About Birds Cornell

The song is an alternating versed PIdew, piDEW. The call is a loud dry pit.

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Various subspecies are recognized:

  • Empidonax fulvifrons pygmaeus Coues, 1865 (northern buff-breasted flycatcher or fulvous flycatcher)
  • Empidonax fulvifrons fulvifrons (Giraud, 1841)
  • Empidonax fulvifrons rubicundus Cabanis & Heine, 1859
  • Empidonax fulvifrons brodkorbi Phillips, AR, 1966
  • Empidonax fulvifrons fusciceps Nelson, 1904
  • Empidonax fulvifrons inexpectatus Griscom, 1932
  • References

    Buff-breasted flycatcher Wikipedia

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