Dusky-capped Flycatcher: Small Myiarchus flycatcher with olive-brown upperparts, white and red-edged wing feathers, brown tail. Throat and breast are pale gray and belly is pale yellow.Feeds on insects, fruits and berries. Rapid flight with shallow wing beats. Sallies to snatch insects in flight.
Range and Habitat
Dusky-capped Flycatcher: Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border and in the tropics. Scrub oak thickets and canyon growth are preferred habitats.
The Dusky-capped Flycatcher is best separated from other confusingly similar Myiarchus species by its smaller size, blackish head, and its call, a sorrowful, descending, whistled peeur or wheeeeeu.
A group of flycatchers has many collective nouns, including an "outfield", "swatting", "zapper", and "zipper" of flycatchers.
The Dusky-capped Flycatcher has a large range, estimated globally at 11,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to Mexico and the United States as well as many of the nations of Central and South America and prefers forest and wetlands ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in plantations and degraded former forests. The global population of this bird is estimated to be between 5,000,000 and 50,000,000 individuals and it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Dusky-capped Flycatcher is Least Concern.