Northern royal flycatcher

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Northern royal flycatcher
Onychorhynchus mexicanus 1902.jpg
A male displaying the crest.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tityridae
Genus: Onychorhynchus
Species: O. mexicanus
Binomial name
Onychorhynchus mexicanus
(Sclater, PL, 1857)

The northern royal flycatcher (Onychorhynchus mexicanus) is a passerine bird in the family Tityridae. It is found in Mexico, south through most of Central America, to north-western Colombia and far western Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


The northern royal flycatcher is 16.5–18 cm (6.5–7.1 in) long, brown above small buffy spots on its wing-coverts; the rump and tail are tawny-ochraceous in colour. The bill is long and broad. It has an erectile fan-shaped crest, coloured red in the male and yellow-orange in the female. The display with the crest fully raised is seen extremely rarely, except during banding sessions.

The northern royal flycatcher is usually inconspicuous and quiet, but sometimes gives a repeated sharp clear pree-o or key-up, sounding rather like a Manacus manakin or a jacamar.