Myiarchus

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Myiarchus
Myiarchus tyrannulus 1.jpg
Brown-crested flycatcher
Myiarchus tyrannulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Myiarchus
Cabanis, 1844
Species

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Myiarchus is a genus of tyrant flycatchers. Most species are fairly similar looking and are easier to separate by voice than plumage.

Myiarchus flycatchers are fairly large tyrant-flycatchers at 16–23 cm (6.3–9 in) long. They are all partially crested with a brown to gray back and head, a rufous to blackish tail and yellow to pale underparts (only exception is the rufous flycatcher with rufous underparts). They typically forage by perching on an open branch and looking outward and downward for prey, which primarily consists of insects. Once it spots a potential meal, the flycatcher rapidly and directly flies at the insect, which is normally on the exposed upper surface of a leaf or twig. It hovers briefly before the insect before grabbing it in its beak and flying away to typically a new perch.[1]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanyon, Wesley (July 1982). "Behavior, Morphology, and Systematics of the Flammulated Flycatcher of Mexico". Auk 99 (3): 414–423. Retrieved 2008-05-24.