Wild Birds

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

The Buff-breasted Flycatchers, Empidonax fulvifrons is a small insect-eating bird that occurs naturally in parts of United States south to Central America.


This flycatcher measures between 11.5 – 13 cm in length (including the short tail). It has a small bill.

The upper plumage is olive-grey upperparts with darker coloration on the wings and tail. It has conspicuous white eye rings and white wing bars. The chest is washed with a strong orange buff color.

Breeding / Nesting:

Buff-breasted Flycatchers breed in scrub and open woodlands. They usually make a cup nest on a fork in a tree. The average clutch consists of 2 eggs.


The Buff-breasted Flycatcher is found from southeasternmost Arizona in the United States through Mexico to southern Honduras. These partial migrants leave the northernmost breeding areas in the United States and northern Mexico to winter further south.

Diet / Feeding:

They feed on various insects, waiting on an open perch of a shrub or low branch of a tree and flying out to catch insects in flight. They may also pick insects from foliage while hovering.

Call / Vocalization:

Its song is described as an alternating versed PIdew, piDEW; and its call as a loud dry pit.


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