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Gray Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: American Grey Flycatcher

Photo by Brian Hubbs
Desert Center, California, February 2017
Empidonax wrightii


14–15·5 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Pale lower mandible with a dark tip
  • Short primary projection
  • White outer edges on tail, and a tendency to drop tail down.

Similar species

Likely to overlap with Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Pine Flycatcher, White-throated Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

See Empidonax.


Inter-mountain west of the United States and Canada. Winters western Mexico.

Accidental vagrant to Kansas.


Similar to various other north american species. See Empidonax

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



Clements regards this as a monotypic species [1].


Photo by Marysan
Lakeside, California, December 2005

It is found in brushy areas in arid sagebrush habitat.



Their diet consists of insects and possibly fruit during the winter months.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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