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Identifying streaked and "kiskadee" flycatchers - BirdForum Opus


This page gives identification advice for the "streaked" and "kiskadee" flycatchers of the New World. The species in each group broadly resemble each other. Piratic Flycatcher acts as a bridge between the two with some features of each. As ever, voice is the best guide.

"Streaked" flycatchers

Sulphur-bellied and Streaked Flycatchers are extremely similar (see table).

In comparison with the "streaked" flycatchers, Piratic Flycatcher:

  • around 5 cm smaller (about 20%: "small")
  • small all-dark bill
  • upperparts are plain greyish brown rather than strongly patterned
  • supercilium is strongly white and extends to meet behind the head
  • malar insignificant.
Identifying similar "streaked" flycatchers
species overall underparts chin primaries vent malar supercilium
Streaked paler dull pale rufous streaked weak yellowish
Sulphur-bellied colourful yellowish dark not rufous, cinnamon in imm (nearly) plain strong whitish