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Rufescent Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Myiophobus rufescens


12 cm. A brown-and-rufous flycatcher with unstreaked chest. Male and female similar.

  • Upperside brown
  • Wings dark with two rufous wing bars and pale edges to flight feathers
  • Crown brown; in display may show orange central patch, mostly hidden
  • Face buff with dark stripe from bill through eye
  • Pale area over Lore reached back just beyond eye
  • Underside cinnamon-buff without streaks

Similar Species

Other former members of Bran-colored Flycatcher have streaked breast.


South America: west of the Andes from northern Peru (southern Lambayeque) south to extreme northern Chile (Arica). Considered non-migratory.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly considered a part of Bran-colored Flycatcher.


Forest edge to scrub in desert areas.


Mostly unknown, assumed to eat mainly insects.


Produces a "chieh" sound that may be given isolated or in a series. A second sound is a rattle which may last up to 2 seconds but an extended version where the sound rises and falls has also been described. These two different sounds are sometimes given as duets.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Kirwan, G. M., A. Farnsworth, J. del Hoyo, D. J. Lebbin, N. Collar, and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). Rufescent Flycatcher (Myiophobus rufescens), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and N. D. Sly, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brcfly3.01

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