Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax albigularis)


French: Moucherolle à gorge blanche German: Fahlkehl-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero gorjiblanco

Empidonax albigularis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1859,

Dueñas, Guatemala


Thought to belong in a clade that also contains E. traillii and E. alnorum#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. timidus Nelson, 1900 – Pacific slope of W Mexico (extreme SE Sonora and SW Chihuahua S to Morelos).
  • E. a. albigularis P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1859 – Caribbean slope of E & S Mexico (SW Tamaulipas S to Puebla, E Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas) S to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras; probably winters S to S Central America.
  • E. a. australis W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – Nicaragua S to W Panama (Chiriquí).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–14 cm; 12 g. Small brown Empidonax with short, rounded wings. Adult has pale lores and indistinct narrow buffy eyering; rest of head and back brown to grey-... read more


    Burry and nasal call notes with rising inflection, as “neeark” or “rreeah” (Mexico) or “wrick”, “... read more


    Breeds in damp meadows and other open to semi-open shrubby second-growth habitats, often near water... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), small wasps (Hymenoptera), larvae and nymphs of mantids and grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more


    Apr–Sept in Mexico and Apr–Jun/Jul in Costa Rica. Nest a cup made of dry grass and other plant fibres, placed 1–2 m up in... read more


    Little known. Winter visitor to W Mexico (Sinaloa) Aug to early May; Mexican migrants thought to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common, but local. Fairly common to common non-breeding visitor in Sinaloa, less common in interior and on Atlantic slope of Mexico and S... read more

    Recommended citation

    Farnsworth, A. & Lebbin, D. (2019). White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax albigularis). 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 10 December 2019).