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Brown-crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus tyrannulus

Brown Crested Flycatcher, Myiarchus tyrannulus, photo © by Robert Shantz

This Brown-crested Flycatcher was photographed by Robert Shantz in Carlisle Canyon, Grant County, New Mexico, June 28, 2007.

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Brown-crested Flycatchers are common spring and summer birds in the mid to lower elevations of riparian woodland galleries of central and southern Arizona. They are also frequent in adjacent shrubby or partially wooded habitats. In appearance, the Brown-creasted Flycatcher is very similar to the Ash-throated Flycatcher, but has a heavier bill and more extensive rufous on the top side of the tail. The return of brown-crested flycatchers' sharp raspy call in mid spring is a sure sign that hot summer weather is on the way.

These are flycatchers, for sure, catching many flying insects from mid air. But they are also adept at gleaning insects from vegetation or even the ground, often without landing. Cicadas are an important food item, but they prefer the silent, but egg-laden females. Male cicadas let loose with a tirade of buzzing when caught and the flycatchers often release them in response.

Summer Resident - Migration to Neotropics for winter months

Tyrannidae -- Tyrant Flycatcher Family

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