Royal Flycatchers

Royal Flycatchers (Onychorhynchus coronatus)

The Royal Flycatchers, Onychorhynchus coronatus, occur naturally in the Amazon Basin and on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The sub-species, O. c. swainsoni, are found in southeastern Brazil.

Royal Flycatchers on the Tree Branch
Royal Flycatchers on the Tree Branch

They inhabit forest and woodland areas, typically remaining in the lower growth.

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Physical description

The Royal Flycatcher measures between 16.5 – 18 cm (6½-7″) in length. The plumage is brown above with small buffy spots on the wing-coverts (feathers). This flycatcher has an erectile fan-shaped crest, which is red in the male and yellow-orange in the female.

The rump and tail are dull yellowish-brown-ochre – ochre in color. The broad bill is long.

Calls / Vocalizations

The Royal Flycatcher is mostly quiet, but may at times emit repeated sharp clear pree-o or key-up sounds


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