PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER


Empidonax difficilis


Description:

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.


Appearance:

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.


Habitat:

Moist, coniferous or mixed forests.


Nesting:

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.


Observed Locations:

  • FRNC, Point Loma
  • Bird and Butterfly Garden, Tijuana River Valley
  • Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway





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