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Subspecies nigriceps
Photo by Stanley Jones
Silanche Bird Sanctuary near Mindo, Ecuador, December, 2007
Myiarchus tuberculifer


A small Myiarchus (15–17 cm; 6-6¾ in)

  • Bushy crest
  • Brownish-black crown
  • Dull, dark olive upperparts
  • Dull whitish edges to the wing coverts and a hint of rufous on the edge of the primaries
  • Dark brown tail with no rufous edging


Subspecies nigricapillus
Photo by scottishdude
Rancho Naturalista, Costa Rica, March 2011

The color of the crown and sides of head varies among subspecies with especially northern birds brownish (or sometimes brownish-grey) while South American populations usually are blacker.


Southern Arizona and southwestern corner of New Mexico; Mexico south to northern half of South America.

Rare but regular vagrant to California.

Accidental to casual vagrant in Nevada, Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma.



Subspecies brunneiceps
Photo by njlarsen
PN Metropolitano, Panama City, Panama, January 2008

There are thirteen recognized subspecies[1]:

  • M. t. olivascens: South-western US and north-western Mexico; winters to Oaxaca
  • M. t. lawrenceii: Eastern Mexico (Nuevo León) to highlands of Guatemala
  • M. t. querulus: South-western Mexico (southern Sinaloa to Oaxaca); Tres Marias Islands
  • M. t. platyrhynchus: Cozumel Island (off Yucatan Peninsula of eastern Mexico)
  • M. t. manens: South-eastern Mexico (southern Yucatan Peninsula)
  • M. t. connectens: Guatemala to northern Nicaragua
  • M. t. littoralis: Pacific coast of south-eastern Honduras to north-western Costa Rica
  • M. t. nigricapillus: Extreme south-eastern Nicaragua to Costa Rica and western Panama
  • M. t. brunneiceps: Tropical eastern Panama and western Colombia
  • M. t. pallidus: Northern Colombia to northern and western Venezuela
  • M. t. tuberculifer: Eastern Colombia to Suriname and Amazonian Brazil; south-eastern Brazil; Trinidad
  • M. t. nigriceps: South-western Colombia to western Ecuador and north-western Peru
  • M. t. atriceps: Eastern slope of Andes of Ecuador to eastern Peru, Bolivia and north-western Argentina


A wide variety of habitats from forest and forest edges to secondary growth and disturbed habitat.


Subspecies olivascens
Photo by Michael W
Madera Canyon, Arizona, USA, June 2005


The diet consists of many insects, such as grasshoppers, termites, mayflies, flies and damselflies. With fruits added in the winter.


They nest in a tree cavity. The 3 buff eggs are marked with brown. The young fledge after 13 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Wikipedia

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