Wild Birds

Bran-colored Flycatchers

Bran-colored Flycatchers

The Bran-colored Flycatchers (Myiophobus fasciatus) are small birds that breed in Costa Rica south through South America to Bolivia, Uruguay, and Argentina. They are also found on the island of Trinidad.

They inhabit open forests and secondary growth. These solitary birds are difficult to see as they move rapidly through the undergrowth in search of small insects and berries, their favoured food sources.

The Bran-colored Flycatchers Perched On A Metal Wire
The Bran-colored Flycatchers Perched On A Metal Wire

Breeding / Nesting:

They build deep cup nests using stems and barks found in their environment. The nest is lined with fine plant fibres.

The nest is suspended by the rim from a side branch low in a tree. Their nests are occasionally parasitized by Shiny Cowbirds, which lay their eggs into their nest for the Flycatchers to raise their young as their own (“host parents”).

The Bran-colored Flycatcher’s average clutch consists of two cream-coloured eggs with a rufous wreath.

The female incubates the eggs for about 17 days.

The young fledge (leave the nest) when they are about 15 – 17 days old.

Bran-colored Flycatchers on a Tree Branch
Bran-colored Flycatchers on a Tree Branch


The adult Bran-colored Flycatcher measures 12.7 cm in length and weighs about 10.5g. Its bill is black above and brown below.

The head and upperparts are dark reddish brown and the crown has a concealed yellow crest, which is erected by excited adults. There are two pale buff wing bars and the underparts are whitish shading to pale yellow on the belly and with dark streaking on the breast and flanks.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles lack the crown patch.

Call / Song:

Its call is described as a whistled cheap, chewed.


Gordon Ramel

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