Wild Birds

Dusky-capped Flycatchers

The Dusky-capped Flycatchers (Myiarchus tuberculifer) breed in forest and other woodland from southern Arizona, as well as the Chisos Mountains, Texas, south to northern Argentina and on Trinidad.

It is mostly resident (non-migratory); however, the American breeders move down to Mexico for the winter.

Nesting / Breeding:

The nest is built in a tree cavity, and the normal clutch is three brown-marked buff eggs. The young fledge when they are about 13 days old.


Adult Dusky-capped Flycatchers measure about 18cm in length and weigh about 19.4g.

The upper plumage is brown, with a blackish head and short crest. The chest is grey and the belly is bright yellow. The brown tail feathers and wings have paler outer webs.

Males and females look alike, but young birds have rufous edgings to the wings and tail.

Diet / Feeding:

They mostly eat insects caught by flycatching amongst the middle branches of trees.


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