great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 7 inches
Gray throat and breast
Pale wing bars and tertial edges
Brown tail with rust edges
Pale base to lower mandible
Inhabits forests where it is most often heard before being seen
The great crested flycatcher is most similar to the other flycatchers
in the genus Myiarchus: Brown-crested, ash-throated and dusky-
capped. It has a darker gray throat and breast than the other species
and has a pale base to its lower mandible. Ash-throated and dusky-
capped are smaller. Ash-throated has paler yellow underparts. Brown-
crested and dusky-capped have browner tails. The calls of these very
similar species are an excellent way to distinguish them. Some species
of kingbirds are similar but have paler heads and lack rusty in the tail.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 4-8
Length of Incubation: 13-15 days
Days to Fledge: 12-21
Number of Broods:usually 1
Diet: Almost exclusively insects; lesser quantities of fruit
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley