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Friday, July 1, 2016

Photo Share: Great Crested Flycatcher Perched in Canopy

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
A customer came in and told me a story about how the Great Crested Flycatchers were entertaining her by swooping high in the trees. While perching and pouncing on insects is a common hunting tactic, they also may swoop down and pursue prey if they missed it on the first dive.

From AllAboutBirds.com: A large, assertive flycatcher with rich reddish-brown accents and a lemon-yellow belly, the Great Crested Flycatchers prefer breeding territories in open broadleaf or mixed woodlands and at the edges of clearings in Michigan. Its habit of hunting high in the canopy means it’s not particularly conspicuous—until you learn its very distinctive call, an emphatic rising whistle. These flycatchers may crash into foliage in pursuit of leaf-crawling prey. They are the only Eastern flycatchers that nest in cavities, and this means they sometimes make use of nest boxes.

During the non-breeding season, in fall and winter, great crested flycatchers may be found in southern Central America and northeast South America. Some great crested flycatchers are found in the southern tip of Florida and Cuba year-round.

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