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Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii


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Hammond's Flycatcher
credit:  Dominic Sherony/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Tyrannidae, Tyrant Flycatchers view all from this family

Description ADULT Has gray head and neck grading to gray-olive back. Wings are dark, but note bold pale wing bars. Has white eyering, most striking behind the eye. Underparts are grayish, palest on throat and belly (the latter faintly washed yellow). Postbreeding molt occurs on breeding grounds, hence fall plumage is fresher looking than adults of other similar empids (which molt after migration). Winter plumage is washed yellow-olive overall. JUVENILE Similar to fall adult, but with buffy wing bars and orange base to lower mandible.

Dimensions Length: 5-5 1/2" (13-14 cm)

Habitat Fairly common summer visitor (mainly Apr-Aug) to mature coniferous forests in mountains, and from sea level from the Pacific Northwest northwards. Winters mainly in Central America, with very small numbers in southern Arizona.

Observation Tips Active and often hard to follow.

Range Texas, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Alaska, Western Canada, Northwest

Voice Song is a squelchy tch'wip; call is a sharp peek.

Discussion Often seems permanently agitated, flicking wings and cocking tail at same time. Primary projection is relatively long when perched. Head and eye are large, and bill is short and mainly dark in most adults. Sexes are similar.