Bran-coloured flycatcher

Bran-coloured flycatcher
Myiophobus fasciatus

Photo by Dario Sanches (Wikipedia)

Common name:
bran-coloured flycatcher (en); filipe (pt); moucherolle fascié (fr); mosquero estriado (es); rostschnäppertyrann (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Tyrannidae

This species is found in South America, from northern Colombia and Venezuela south to northern Chile and north-eastern Argentina, but is mostly absent from the Amazon river basin. It is also found in Panama, Costa Rica and Trinidad.

These birds are 12-13 cm long and weigh about 10 g.

The bran-coloured flycatcher usually avoids dense forested areas, using forest edges, savannas, scrublands, second growths and pastures. It is found from sea level up to an altitude of 2.650 m.

They catch flying insects by sallying out from a perch.

Bran-coloured flycatchers nest in a deep cup made of stems and bark, and lined with fine plant fibres. It is suspended by the rim from one or two branches low in a tree. The female lays 2 cream-coloured eggs with a few faint reddish spots. The eggs are incubated by the female for 17 days. The chicks fledge 15-17 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has an extremely large breeding range and is described as fairly common. The bran-coloured flycatcher is suspected to be increasing as habitat conversion creates more areas of suitable habitat.

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