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Photo © by Rodrigo Conte
Brasilia, Brazil, 16 May 2015
Myiarchus ferox


Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Nick Scarle
Madre de Dios, Peru, August 2018

18cm (7 in). A larger, dark-tailed and slightly crested Myiarchus Flycatcher.

  • Dark olive brown above
  • Moderately deep yellow belly
  • Black bill
  • Two dull grey wing-bars and pale grey edging to the wing feathers

Similar species

Swainson's Flycatcher has a light pinkish brown lower or (according to subspecies) upper mandible.


Found in tropical South America, mainly in the Amazon Basin. Fairly common to common.


Panama Flycatcher and Venezuelan Flycatcher were formerly included as subspecies in this species.

Photo © by birdclub
Pantanal, Brazil


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:


Edges and borders of forest and woodland.



Usually seen singly or in pairs. Often leans forward while perched, raises the crest and bobs the head.


Feeds on insects and fruits.


The nest is placed in a tree cavity. Lays 2 eggs. Probably parasitized by Shiny Cowbird.


Common call is a short, ringing whinny with a quality of a police whistle. Also slowly modulated whistles with a vibrato given infrequently during foraging.


A sedentary species.


  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. 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. Joseph, L. (2019). Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox). 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/57502 on 4 August 2019).
  4. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231
  5. Short-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus ferox), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/shcfly1

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