Buff-breasted Flycatcher: Smallest Empidonax flycatcher; fresh adult has gray-brown upperparts and pale underparts washed with yellow and cinnamon. White eyering is distinct; two wingbars are white. Short bill with black upper mandible and yellow to pink lower mandible. Legs and feet are gray-black.
Range and Habitat
Buff-breasted Flycatcher: Found in open pine-oak woodlands in the mountains of southeastern Arizona, rarely found in extreme southwestern New Mexico.
Before 1999 this species had not been documented in Texas.
The Buff-breasted Flycatcher is the smallest, rarest, and most easily recognizable member of the genus Empidonax in the United States.
A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.
The Buff-breasted Flycatcher is native to the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The range of this bird is more than half a million square kilometers. The Buff-breasted Flycatcher is believed to have a fairly extensive population that could reach up into the millions. Previously, this bird was evaluated as Lower Risk. Due to the size of the range and the population of the Buff-breasted Flycatcher, it now has an evaluation of Least Concern and is not considered to be in immediate danger.