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Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens


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Ash-throated Flycatcher
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Family: Tyrannidae, Tyrant Flycatchers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has brown cap, gray-brown back, and paler nape. Wings are blackish with pale margins to coverts creating two wing bars; secondaries are pale-fringed, primaries are rufous-fringed. Tail feathers are mainly rufous, but note that, especially when seen from below, color does not extend to tip, which is dark grayish (rufous extends to tip in Great Crested). Throat and chest are pale gray, grading to otherwise very pale lemon underparts. Legs and bill are dark. JUVENILE Similar, but duller; secondaries are rufous- not palefringed.

Dimensions Length: 8" (20 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to arid woodland and deserts. Winters mainly in Central America, but some remain in southern U.S.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

Range Plains, Western Canada, California, Southeast, Northwest, Texas, Southwest, Rocky Mountains

Voice Call and song comprise series of k'Brik notes.

Similar Species Dusky-capped Flycatcher M. tuberculifer (L 6.5-7.25 in) has grayer upperparts, duller and less distinct wing bars, brighter yellow underparts, and little rufous in adult's tail. Summer visitor (mainly Apr-Jul) to upland woodlands, mainly southeastern Arizona. Call is a drawn out pe-ooo, unlike Ash-throated.

Discussion The typical Myiarchus flycatcher across much of the southwest. Adopts an upright posture when perched and looks rather slim-bodied with proportionately large head and long neck and tail. Flycatches, gleans insects from foliage, and drops to ground for prey. Sexes are similar.