Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Acre, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Laquipampa, Lambayeque

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cajatambo, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road|Humachuco

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (6.8 in). The Dusky-capped Flycatcher has a gray mantle with a greenish tinge in some sub-species. The wing coverts and tertials are edged with whitish or brownish. The tail is gray. The head is gray with a dusky crest. The throat and breast are gray and grade to yellow towards the rest of the underparts. The bill is black. It forages in second growth, forest edges, and scrub mostly alone. In the northwest, it is similar to the Sooty-crowned Flycatcher but is distinguished by having a dusky crown, by being smaller, and by favoring more humid habitats. In Amazonia it is similar to the Short-crested Flycatcher, but is smaller and has a dusky crown. Voice is essential to identify Myiorchus flycatchers.

Status: The Dusky-capped Flycather is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia, the west slope of the Andes, and the lowlands of northwest Peru. On the east slope of the Andes, it is known to range up to 1200 m, but on the west slope, it occurs at elevations of up to 3500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Copetón de Cresta Oscura.

Sub-species: Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer tuberculifer), (d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye) 1837.  lowland Amazonia (except much of SE), also Trinidad, and SE Brazil.
(Myiarchus tuberculifer atriceps), Cabanis, 1883.  S Ecuador S in Andes to Argentina (S to Tucumán).

Meaning of Name: Myiarchus: Gr. muia, muias= fly and arkhos, arkho= ruler, chief. tuberculifer: L. tuberculum= small bump, swelling and fera, ferre= bearing, to bear.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.