Wild Birds

Dusky Flycatchers

The Dusky Flycatchers (Empidonax oberholseri) are small, migratory, insect-eating birds that occur naturally in western North America.
African Dusky Flycatcher Perched in Tree
African Dusky Flycatcher Perched in Tree


Adults have an olive-grey upper plumage, darker on the wings and tail, and are whitish below.

They have white eye rings, white wing bars and a medium length tails.

The chest is washed with olive-grey. The bill is mainly dark.

It is slightly smaller than the Gray Flycatcher and a bit larger than the Hammond’s Flycatcher.


Habitat / Distribution:

They spend the summer in their breeding territory on mountain slopes and in foothills with brush and scattered trees across western North America. They usually construct cup nests tha are placed low in vertical forks in shrubs.

They migrate to southern Arizona and Mexico for the winter.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly eat insects, often caught in flight, but may also take them from foliage while hovering.

Dusky Flycatchers Perched on the Tree
Dusky Flycatchers Perched on the Tree

Call / Song:

The call is described as sad dew-hic.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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