Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yucatan Flycatcher (Myiarchus yucatanensis)


Taxonomy

French: Tyran du Yucatan German: Yucatánschopftyrann Spanish: Copetón yucateco
Taxonomy:

Myiarchus yucatanensis

Lawrence

, 1871,

Yucatán, Mexico

.

See M. tyrannulus (below). Geographical variation, including populations on Cozumel I (lanyoni), seems ecophenotypic (correlated with rainfall and vegetation); nominate race and navai apparently intergrade in C Yucatán Peninsula; sampling needed to test validity of current taxonomy. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. y. yucatanensis Lawrence, 1871 – E Mexico in extreme E Tabasco (near Balancán) and N & C Yucatán Peninsula.
  • M. y. lanyoni Parkes & A. R. Phillips, 1967 – Cozumel I, off NE Quintana Roo (Mexico).
  • M. y. navai Parkes, 1982 – S Quintana Roo (La Vega, Chetumal) and SE Campeche (Xpujil), in Mexico, Guatemala (Tikal, in N Petén) and N Belize (perhaps including Ambergris Caye#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    17·5–19 cm; 19–23 g. Unusually rufescent-crowned Myiarchus (most populations) with sometimes distinct facial pattern. Nominate race has broad... read more

    Voice

    Dawn song a fairly loud, clear, monotonously repeated “hoor-eep” or “hoow’eep”, second part rising... read more

    Habitat

    Humid to semi-arid forest, scrubby woodland and edge; in deciduous forest found primarily in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Hymenopterans recorded in one stomach.

    Breeding

    Three males with enlarged testes in second half Mar. No other information.

    Movements

    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Río Bravo Conservation and Management Area, in Belize, and Laguna del Tigre... read more

    Recommended citation

    Joseph, L. (2019). Yucatan Flycatcher (Myiarchus yucatanensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57496 on 27 June 2019).