Myiarchus cinerascens
(Ash-throated Flycatcher)


Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Tyrannidae
Family Description: Tyrant Flycatchers

Physical Description:
7 1/2-8 1/2" (19-22 cm). Grayish brown above with a rich brown tail; whitish below with yellowing belly. Bushy crest, dark eye, and black bill.

Similar Species- Great Crested, Brown- crested, and Dusky-capped flycatchers.

Song:
A rolling ka-wheer; more like a trill at the end.

Distribution:
Breeds from southwestern Oregon, eastern Washington, southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, northern and central Texas, and sometimes Oklahoma, south to Baja California and mainland of Mexico. Winters from northern Baja California, southeastern California, and central Arizona, south into mainland of Mexico and portions of Central America.

Habitat:
Found in shrub steppeClick word for definition, pinyon/juniper and oak woodlands, chaparral, thorn scrub, and riparianClick word for definition woodlands. Also found in open deciduousClick word for definition woodlands in winter.

Diet:
Primarily insectivorousClick word for definition (consumes bees, wasps, ants, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, etc.). Will also eat spiders and some berries.

Ecology:
Nests in natural or abandoned cavity in tree; may occasionally nest in fence post. May displace small woodpeckers from nesting holes. Often forages by flying out from perch and catching prey in air.

Reproduction:
Female incubatesClick word for definition 3-7 eggs (usually 4-5), for about 15 days. Young are altricialClick word for definition, are tended by both parents, and leave nest in 16-17 days.

Conservation:
Element Code: ABPAE43050
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3,NTMB
National Rank: N5B,N4N

Important State References:
No references are available at this time.


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Written by Jason Karl, 2000.