Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers, Calyptura)  
Genus: Myiarchus (9 species, 22 worldwide)


Apical Flycatcher
Apical Flycatcher (Myiarchus apicalis)
Buga, Colombia  
   
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Often in pairs. Found in Cauca and Magdalena lowlands, and generally the only genus myiarchus flycatcher in its range. Apical refers to the last common ancestor of an entire group, such as a species (biology) or a clan (anthropology) (Wikipedia).

Pale-edged Flycatcher
Pale-edged Flycatcher (Myiarchus cephalotes cephalotes)
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
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Generally found at higher altitudes (over 1200m and up to 3000m) than other similar myiarchus.

Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Lake Marian, Florida,  
   
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Northern migrant. A tiny bit larger than other myiarchus flycatchers with a usually lowered brown crest.

Short-crested Flycatcher
Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox australis)
Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  
   
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Most common myiarchus in Amazon.

Panamanian Flycatcher
Panamanian Flycatcher (Myiarchus panamensis panamensis)
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia
  More greyish overall than other myiarchus.
   
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Swainson's Flycatcher
Swainson's Flycatcher (Myiarchus swainsoni)
Brazilia, DF, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Rodrigo Conte   © All Rights Reserved.

Swainson's Flycatcher
Swainson's Flycatcher (Myiarchus swainsoni)
Pousada Rio Claro, Poconé, Mato Grosso, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Bernie DUPONT     Copyright and usage info

Austral migrant. Very similar to the [Short-crested Flycatcher]. Note light base to lower mandible and pale front.


Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, Anorí, Antioquia, Colombia  
   
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Dusky cap darker than others in genus. Widespread and sometimes common.
Slightly less dusky cap.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia  
   
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Note rufous tail. Large and vocal and more conspicuous than others in genus.

Venezuelan Flycatcher
Venezuelan Flycatcher (Myiarchus venezuelensis)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Manakin Nature Tours - Luis Urueña   © All Rights Reserved.

Compared to [Brown-crested Flycatcher], a bit smaller, crest less brown, and back of tail brown, not rufous. Often solitary, and much calmer than Brown-crested.


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