Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Tambopata, SE Peru

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

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

Identification & Behavior: ~19 cm (7.4 in). The Short-crested Flycatcher has a gray mantle and wing coverts edged with creamy-white. It has no rufous webbing on the wing and tail feathers. The crown is gray with a bushy crest. The bill is black. The throat and breast are gray and sharply grades to yellow towards the rest of the underparts. It forages in river-created habitats and other types of second growth. It is similar to the Swainson’s Flycatcher but is distinguished by an overall more saturated plumage, black bill, and habitat selection. Also, see the Dusky-capped Flycatcher. Vocalizations are essential to identify Myiorchus flycatchers.

Status: The Short-crested Flycatcher is common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Copetón de Cresta Corta.

Sub-species: Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox ferox), (J. F. Gmelin), 1789.

Meaning of Name: Myiarchus: Gr. muia, muias= fly and arkhos, arkho= ruler, chief. ferox: L. ferox, ferocis brave, wild, fierce.

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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. on 03/01/2017.