Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Orellana, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Allpahuayo-Mishana

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The Fuscous Flycatcher has olive-brown upperparts, two rufous wing bars, and brown or pale superciliary. The most widespread subspecies (fuscatior) is the darkest, has a black bill, olive breast, and pale belly. It forages in the understory of river created habitats. Other forms are restricted to specific habitat growing in nutrient-poor soils (duidae and yungas). One subspecies (bimaculatus) appears to be an Austral migrant. It is similar to the Euler’s Flycatcher but is distinguished by having a superciliary starting from the base of the bill. Also, see Alder Flycatcher.

Status: The most widespread subspecies of Fuscous Flycatcher is uncommon to rare but widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 700 m along the foothill of the Andes. The montane form (yungas) is found in Puno in eastern Puno at elevations ranging between 1000- 1700 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Mosquerito Fusco.

Sub-species: Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus duidae), J. T. Zimmer, 1938.  S Venezuela and NW Brazil.
(Cnemotriccus fuscatus fuscatior), (Chapman), 1926.  SW Venezuela, SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru and C Brazil.

Meaning of Name: Cnemotriccus: Gr. knemos= mountain-slope and trikkos= unidentified small bird. fuscatus: L. fuscus= dark, black, fuscatus= dark.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.