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Rufous Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Bosque de Pómac, northeast of Túcume, Peru, November 2013

Alternative name: Seaboard Flycatcher

Myiarchus semirufus


17-19 cm (6.75-7.5 in) A distinctive flycatcher.

  • Brown head and upperparts
  • Rufous uppertail-coverts
  • Nearly uniform light cinnamon-rufous throat and underparts, getting slightly darker on undertail-coverts and lighter on chin
  • Mostly rufous wings and tail

Sexes similar. Juveniles similar to adults.


South America: found in Arid coastal north-western Peru (Tumbes to northern Lima).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found in thorny desert, steppes and savannas and open thorn-woodland with sparse ground cover. Often in agricultaral areas.
Occurs up to 500m.



No information.


A nest with eggs was found in December. The nest is an open cup placed close to the ground. Lays 4 eggs.


Presumably a resident species.


Alternating “huit” notes and rasping whistles, plus a hiccup note, can be heard in the dawn song. “Huit” notes and descending whistles are occasionally made during foraging.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696
  3. BF Member observations

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