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Flycatcher secrets revealed

23 May 2012 No Comment

There are at least 16 subspecies of flycatcher with very subtle distinctions in their appearance. So what is the secret to accurately identifying them?

Flycatchers can be difficult to identify by the untrained eye so here are a few tips on how to become a better birdwatcher.The experienced birder will not rely solely on his/her sight but will also fine tune their observation skills by listening carefully to the distinct sound each species makes. For example the yellow olive flycatcher makes a sharp shreek-like “zeet” which is continuously repeated. And most other flycatchers look very similar in appearance but differ in their call or song.

Plumage

Other means of accurately identifying a yellow olive flycatcher is by its olive top and gray head with white lore’s and a narrow eye ring. They also have two yellow wing bars with dark yellow edging.

Habitat

The Yellow Olive flycatcher is found from Mexico to Argentina and though it is more of a woodland creature it can also be found near flowing water such as the great Amazon River.

Nest

This particular flycatcher builds a hanging nest with a long, tube like entrance which leads to a retort-like nest chamber. Materials used to build their nest include horse hair and are often found near wasp nests.


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