Ash-throated Flycatcher

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Ash-throated Flycatcher

Marana, AZ using Powershot SX40HS

Like the Brown-crested Flycatcher, they breed in dry, open habitats but more widespread. in late Fall, a few turn up in eastern states where they are distinguished from the larger Great Crested Flycatcher by their small bill and paler plumage.

INTERESTING FACTS

-The Ash-throated Flycatcher frequently uses man-made structures for nesting. The use of artificial structures may have offset the loss of natural nest sites by development, and may be responsible for an increase in numbers.

-Although it has become a hole-breeder, it still builds a nest and has streaked, camouflaged eggs like its open-nesting ancestors.

-It is a rare, but regular vagrant to the East Coast. Individuals turn up nearly every year, and have been found in all coastal states and provinces.

-A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an “outfield”, “swatting”, “zapper”, and “zipper” of flycatchers.

VOICE SOng a fussy series of burry, kingbird like _ki-breer, krerr, and kibrik notes. Calls a quick prik and prp.

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