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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

© Greg Lavaty

Empidonax flaviventris

Family: (Tyrannidae) Tyrant Flycatchers

Preferred Habitat: Woodland clearings

Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring and fall migration

Notes by Susan Billetdeaux: The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is one of the confusing "empids": small flycatchers with wing-bars who are all very similar in appearance. Other empids include Acadian, Least, Alder, and Willow. All the empids have a yellowish wash to their bellies, but Yellow-bellied Flycatchers also have yellowish throats. They are best identified by their songs and call notes. The song of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a soft che-bunk, with the accent on the second syllable. The call note is a soft pyew. Yellow-bellied Flycatchers are often found fairly low in dense vegetation. On the coast, greatest numbers occur in August through early October.

Comments by Don Verser: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher has strong olive tones overall and yellowish underparts. The throat is yellowish like the belly and there is little contrast between throat and upperparts. Sometimes gives a soft "perwee" call note but more often gives a short sharp call note that sounds similar to the Acadian call.