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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Fernando Cerra
South Padre Island, Texas, May 2004
Empidonax flaviventris


5 1/2" (14 cm). A very small flycatcher
Olive-green above, yellowish below, including throat, with 2 white wing bars and yellowish eye ring.

Similar Species

Other flycatchers of genus Empidonax (Acadian, Alder, Willow, and Least) have more whitish throats, underparts, and eye rings. Acadian Flycatchers in fall sometimes have yellow throats.

Likely to overlap with Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Black-capped Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Pine Flycatcher, White-throated Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Yellowish Flycatcher.

See also Empidonax.


Breeds from central Canada and Newfoundland south to Great Lakes region, northern New York, northern New England, and Maritime Provinces.

Winters from Mexico to Panama.

Approximate distribution map. From Xeno canto / NatureServe data at file date (from Xeno Canto)



Clements regards this as a monotypic species [1].


Bogs and moist thickets in northern coniferous forests; on migration, in second-growth woodlands and dense thickets.


This retiring little flycatcher spends most of its time on migration in dense thickets.


They lay 3 or 4 whitish eggs, with brown spots, in a nest of moss and rootlets on the ground.


On breeding grounds, a flat chilk or killic; also a rising 2-note whistle, per-wee?


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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