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Nutting's Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Bjorn Svensson
Photo taken: Costa Rica
Myiarchus nuttingi


18-19 cm. Olive brown upperparts, darker head and short crest. Grey breast, pale yellow belly, brown tail feathers and wings have rufous outer webs and there are two dull wing bars. The sexes are similar.

Similar Species

Yellowish edging to secondaries help separate this species from similar Ash-throated Flycatcher. I for example Costa Rica very difficult to separate from Brown-crested Flycatcher: beyond call, look at shape of bill, rufous rump, and exact pattern of undertail.


Western Mexico to North West Costa Rica.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M. n. inquietus - Semiarid w Mexico (Sonora to Chiapas) and central Mexico
  • M. n. nuttingi - Arid interior montane valleys of Chiapas to nw Costa Rica
  • M. n. flavidior - Pacific lowlands of s Mexico (Chiapas) to nw Costa Rica


Semi arid desert scrub and tropical deciduous forest


The nest is built in a tree cavity or similar hole and the normal clutch is 3-5 eggs.

It is primarily an insectivore which catches its prey by flycatching amongst the undergrowth, but it will also take berries.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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