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Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus


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Brown-crested Flycatcher
credit: Dario Sanches/CCSA

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Family: Tyrannidae, Tyrant Flycatchers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has gray-brown hood, nape, and back. Wings are mainly blackish, but with rufous fringes to primaries and dull whitish fringes to other flight feathers and wing coverts (latter creating wing bars). Throat, face, and breast are gray and underparts are otherwise pale yellow. Tail is mainly rufous and, as with Great Crested, color extends to tip. JUVENILE Similar, but most flight feathers and wing coverts are fringed rufous.

Dimensions Length: 9 1/2" (24 cm)

Habitat Locally common summer visitor (mainly May-Aug) to deserts. Winters in Mexico.

Observation Tips Easy to find within range.

Range Southwest, Florida, California, Texas

Voice Utters a liquid wrrt or wrrt-willado.

Discussion Similar to Great Crested, but slightly larger and paler on average. Bill is noticeably larger (particularly birds from Texas) and has only very limited amount of pale at base of lower mandible (cf. Great Crested). Sexes are similar.