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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus


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Great Crested Flycatcher
credit: Peter Wallack/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Tyrannidae, Tyrant Flycatchers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has dark gray-brown hood and nape grading to olive-brown back. Wings are mainly dark, but note rufous-fringed primaries and white fringes to other feathers, most noticeably on tertials and coverts (wing bars). Face, throat, and breast are dark gray with clear separation from yellowish underparts, creating somewhat dark-hooded appearance. Gray wash extends onto flanks. Tail is mainly rufous. JUVENILE Similar, but with duller colors; wing bars and most flight feather fringes are rufous.

Dimensions Length: 9" (23 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Sep) to wooded habitats. Winters mainly in Central and South America.

Observation Tips Easy to see.

Range Southeast, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Texas, Southwest, Eastern Canada, Rocky Mountains, Plains, Western Canada, Great Lakes, California

Voice Utters an upslurred whu-eep and a harsh chrrrt.

Similar Species Ash- throated Flycatcher M. cinerascens (L 7.5-8.5 in) has pale underparts, grayish white on throat, washed pale lemon on belly. Resident in arid woodland in south Texas, summer visitor further west.

Discussion Eastern North America's only widespread Myiarchus flycatcher. Perches upright. Feeds by flycatching, gleaning insects from foliage and dropping to ground for prey. Sexes are similar.