Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)


French: Tyran à gorge cendrée German: Kalifornienschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón cenizo

Tyrannula cinerascens


, 1851,

western Texas, USA


See M. tyrannulus. In past, sometimes considered conspecific with M. nuttingi (which see). Race pertinax differs slightly from nominate in average measurements, but not diagnosably distinct in plumage or vocal characters; may represent end point of a cline and thus of doubtful validity. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. cinerascens (Lawrence, 1851) – W USA (C Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, W Texas) S to C Mexico (NE Jalisco, Guanajuato); winters from S USA to Honduras (rarely farther south), mainly on Pacific slope.
  • M. c. pertinax S. F. Baird, 1860 – #RS Baja California (Mexico).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; 24–31 g. Has crown and upperparts drab grey, crown feathers with dark centres (creating subtle streaked appearance); face and auriculars... read more


    Sharp “bik” call, also “ki-brrrnk-brr”; short, soft “prrt” in... read more


    Desert scrub (chaparral, thorn-scrub), open deciduous woodland and brushy pastureland (... read more

    Food and feeding

    During breeding, almost solely small to medium-sized arthropods, primarily adult and larval insects; frequency of stink-bugs (Pentatomidae... read more


    From Mar, laying mostly from mid-Apr; timing later in N of range; usually single-brooded, but sometimes two broods in low-elevation desert... read more


    Some apparently resident in parts of extreme SE California and S Arizona, Baja California and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Estimated global population 8,900,000 individuals. Survey data show that the species increased by 94% overall between 1966... read more

    Recommended citation

    Joseph, L. (2019). Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 December 2019).