The Pacific-slope Flycatcher was formerly grouped with the Cordilleran Flycatcher into a single species, known as the Western Flycatcher. The genus Empidonax means 'lord of the mosquitoes'. Like other flycatchers, this bird will fly from its perch, catch an insect in mid-air and loop back to the perch it came from.
Brownish-olive upperparts. Yellowish throat, belly and undertail coverts. Dusky olive breast. Wide bill with dark upper mandible and pale-orange lower mandible. Thick white elongated eye ring. Two whitish-buff wing bars. Pointed crown. Fall birds may be duller in color. Sexes similar. 5.5 to 6 inches in length.
Moist, coniferous or mixed forests.
3-4 white eggs with brown spots. The eggs have a 13-15 day incubation period. Fledging occurs in ? days. The nest is a cup made from rootlets and twigs lined with moss.
- FRNC, Point Loma
- Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana River Valley
- Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway