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Black-capped Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by HelenB
Savegre Lodge, Costa Rica, February 2007
Empidonax atriceps


Length: 11.5cm (4.5in); weight: 9g
Sooty-black head with short crest, broad white eye ring, broken at top and forming point behind the eye; bill black above with orangish lower mandible; throat, neck, breast light olive-brown, sometimes looking grayish; belly is buff-yellow; tail and wings are blackish, with 2 pale brown wing-bars; legs black.

The sexes are similar

Juveniles have a browner head with more buffy, paler wing-bars.

Similar species

None, but see Empidonax


Costa Rica and western Panama.

Approximate distribution map. From Xeno canto / NatureServe data at file date (from Xeno Canto)


This is a monotypic species[1].


High mountain forests, particularly oak, above 1850m (6000ft). Also forest edges and pastures with scattered trees.


Flycatches like a pewee, hawking insects usually returning to the same open perch. Vibrates or flicks tail on landing. Often appears tame and approachable. Is solitary after the breeding season


Flies, moths and beetles


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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