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Streaked Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies M. m. difficilis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Ancon Hill, Panama City, Panama Province, Panama, 28 April 2012
Myiodynastes maculatus


Subspecies M. m solitarius
Photo © by Wes Syposz
Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 4 October 2007

19·5–23 cm (7¾-9 in) long; weight 43 g.
The head is brown with a yellow crown patch, usually concealed; dusky eye mask and a white supercilium. Upperparts are brown with darker brown streaks on the back. Wings have rufous and white edges; tail and rump have chestnut edges. Underparts are yellowish-white, with marked brown streaks. Sexes similar. Juvenile birds have brown coloring where the adults are black.


Southernmost breeders have blacker streaks on upperparts and tail mainly blackish, while the majority of the range has tail mainly rufous. Central American breeders yellower in face and more olivaceous above.

Similar species

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher has a stronger malar, about as strong as the black through the eye, black chin, and often bigger flesh-colored area at base of lower mandible. See also identifying similar species.


Breeds from Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago south to Bolivia and Argentina.


Subspecies M. m solitarius
Photo © by Celso Paris
Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2015

Distinctive dark tailed, more heavily marked subspecies M. m. solitarious sometimes split as separate species, "Southern Streaked Flycatcher."


Seven subspecies are recognized:[1]


Edges of forests and cocoa plantations.


Typical flycatcher, perching on branch or twig and sallying forth to catch flying insects.


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As well as flying insects they also eat small lizards, and berries.


Nests in a tree hollow or bromeliad plant, building a cup-shaped nest of twigs and grasses. Female builds the nest and lays 2-3 eggs, which are creamy-white with red-brown spots. Incubation is 16-17 days, and both parents feed the young, which fledge in 18-21 d


Has a noisy sqEEE-zip call. ays.


The northernmost subspecies M. m. insolens migrates south to South America in northern winter, while the southern subspecies M. m. solitarius, migrates to the Guianas and Venezuela from March to September.


  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/
  2. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Mobley, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Northern Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57471 on 27 July 2019).
  5. Shah, S. (2012). Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.strfly1.01

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