French: Moucherolle à ventre roux German: Zimtbauch-Phoebetyrann Spanish: Mosquero llanero
Arkansas River, near Pueblo, Colorado, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. saya
(Bonaparte, 1825) – N Alaska S through W Canada and W & WC USA to C Mexico; winters from S USA (California E to Texas) S to C & S Mexico.
S. s. quiescens
Grinnell, 1926 – NW Mexico (N Baja California and Cedros I).
17–19·5 cm. Slender and relatively small-headed. Nominate race is pale brown-grey above, forehead slightly paler, shading to darker grey crown and nape, lores... read more
Most common vocalization “phee-eur”, sometimes described as slurred “peeu”... read more
Breeds in open dry habitats, including prairie, sagebrush, badlands, arid and subtropical scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly arthropods, occasionally some fruit. Diet includes bees and wasps (Hymenoptera), house flies (Muscidae), robber flies (Asilidae),... read more
Mid-Apr to early Aug in much of USA and Canada and Mar–Sept in Mexico; commonly double-brooded. Hovering nest-site-showing display by... read more
Partial short-distance to long-distance migrant; present all year in much of SW USA and Mexico.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Estimated global population 3,700,000 individuals. Survey data from 1966 to 1996 indicate annual increase of 1·9%... read more
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