Ash-throated Flycatcher

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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4-20-10 in Marana, Az
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Ash-throated Flycatcher

Like Brown-crested Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher breeds in open, dry habitats, but it is more widespread. In late Autumn a few turn up in eastern states, where they are distinguished from the larger Great Crested Flycatcher by their smaller bill and paler plumage.

Hindcrown peaks when alert. Rufous primary edges; white secondary edges. Narrow pale margins to tertials.

VOICE SONG a fussy series of burry, kingbird-like ki-breer, krerr, and kibrik notes. CALLS a quick prik and prp

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.

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