Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Yucatan Flycatcher (Myiarchus yucatanensis)


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

Myiarchus yucatanensis


, 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


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


    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.


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


    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 on 6 December 2019).