Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

La Sagra's Flycatcher (Myiarchus sagrae)


French: Tyran de La Sagra German: Kubaschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón de De La Sagra

Muscicapa Sagræ


, 1852,



Has been considered conspecific with M. stolidus, and genetic differentiation negligible#R; but vocally the two are distinctive, with differences in length and frequency range of primary daytime call#R. Phylogenetic analysis of mtDNA found nominate race to be more closely related to nominate race of M. stolidus, with race dominicensis of latter as sister to race lucaysiensis of present species; interestingly, dawn song of nominate M. stolidus is similar to that of both races of present species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. lucaysiensis (H. Bryant, 1867) – Bahamas (mainly Abaco, Andros, Grand Bahama, Green Cay, Inagua, New Providence).
  • M. s. sagrae (Gundlach, 1852) – Cuba, I of Pines and Grand Cayman I.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–22 cm; 14–29 g (nominate), 22–22·3 g (lucaysiensis). Has unusual leaning posture and flat-headed appearance. Nominate race has crown... read more


    No unmodulated, prolonged whistle in vocal repertoire. Nominate race song “weeet-ze-weer”, call “... read more


    Pine (Pinus) woodland, scrub, evergreen forest, mixed woodland, dense thickets, mangroves... read more

    Food and feeding

    Caterpillars, katydids (Tettigoniidae), other insects; also fruits and seeds. Typically, forages in understorey, mainly by snatching prey... read more


    Breeds Apr–Jul. Nest a cup of hair, feathers, plant fibres and other soft materials, in cavity of trunk, broken tree limb or bamboo... read more


    Resident. Some wandering or dispersive movement; since early 1980s, race lucaysiensis... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of range; uncommon in S Bahamas. Susceptible, at least on smaller islands, to natural and anthropogenic habitat loss,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Joseph, L. (2019). La Sagra's Flycatcher (Myiarchus sagrae). 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).