Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu, Madre de Dios

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Tarapoto, San Martin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (6.8 in). The Social Flycatcher has brown upperparts. It has a gray crown and sides of the head with broad white superciliary. The throat is white. The underparts are bright yellow. It forages at forest edges, semi-open habitats, and even urban areas. It is similar to the  Rusty-margined Flycatcher but is distinguished by a gray head, gray flight feathers, gray iris, and more reliably by voice. Also, see Lesser Kiskadee.

Status: The Social Flycatcher is common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1280 m along the east slope of the Andes. It also occurs in the humid and semideciduous forest of extreme northwest Peru in Tumbes. The Social Flycatcher also occur in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Mosquero Social.

Sub-species: Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis grandis), Lawrence, 1871.  W Ecuador (S from W Esmeraldas) and extreme NW Peru (lowlands E of Andes and Pacific slope in Tumbes).
(Myiozetetes similis similis), (Spix), 1825.  E Colombia E of E Andes (S from Norte de Santander), SE Venezuela (Amazonas, S Bolívar), French Guiana, E Ecuador, E & C Peru, Amazonian Brazil (except most drainages of R Tocantins and R Xingu) and N Boliva (S to Cochabamba and N Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Myiozetetes: Gr. muia, muias= fly and zetetes, zeteo= searcher, to seek. similis: L. similis, simile= similar, resembling.

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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.