Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ash-throated Flycatcher

On the same trip as when we saw the Canyon Wren in New Mexico (May 2003), we photographed this Ash-throated Flycatcher in the El Malpais National Monument. This flycatcher is in the same genus as the Great Crested Flycatcher and looks similar. Note, however, the whitish throat and the fact that the rusty color on the underside of the tail does not seem to reach the tip.

Ash-throated Flycatchers are common summer residents in most of the western United States. They survive high temperatures and do not need to drink water. The Mal Pais environment certainly fits a bird with these qualities. These flycatchers nest in holes made by other species and also in nest boxes and hollow fence posts. Consequently, Ash-throated Flycatcher populations are expanding (Cardiff and Dittmann 2002).

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