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Sooty-crowned Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Myiarchus phaeocephalus


18-19 cm. The only Myiarchus flycatcher with the combination of blue-grey crown, greyish nuchal collar and olive-green back.

  • Light blue-grey forehead and forecrown, becoming darker grey on hindcrown and nape, all with a streaked appearance
  • Paler grey lores and face
  • Lighter olive-green upperparts often with a light grey collar between crown and back
  • Brownish-olive wings with yellow margins
  • Brownish-olive tail
  • Grey throat and chest
  • Light yellow abdomen and undertail-coverts
  • Dark bill and legs
  • interior with a slightly browner crown and back

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Found in the Tumbesian region of western Ecuador and northwestern Peru.
An uncommon to fairly common restricted-range species.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • M. p. phaeocephalus in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru
  • M. p. interior at eastern slope of Andes of northwestern Peru and in adjacent Ecuador


Found in deciduous woodland, arid scrub and sometimes at the edge of mangroves.
Occurs in lowlands and foothills up to 1500 m.



Feeds on insects. Sallies from tree perches.


Breeding season February to April. The nest is placed in a cavity and lined with snakeskin, fur and clear plastic. Lays 4 eggs.


Presumably a sedentary species.


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

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