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Great Crested Flycatcher Pictures, Facts, and Information

Great Crested Flycatcher


Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher
Pictures of the Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus), which is slightly smaller than a Robin.

Both males and females have olivey brown upper parts, a gray throat area, and a yellow belly. They sport a bright reddish brown tail and wings, which are very apparent when they take flight. They have a gray bushy crest, which is not always apparent.

As its names suggests, they eat flies, as well as a variety of other insects, beetles, butterflies, moths and berries. These flycatchers often catch their dinner in midair or by grabbing it right off a flower or plant, and then returning to their perch. They can be found high up in trees, sometimes on exposed limbs, often in denser foliage. Their song has a course 'weep' sound, often in a rapid succession of 3 - weep weep weep!

Great Crested Flycatchers are monogamous birds. They have 4-8 eggs 1 time a year. Their eggs are white with brown or light purple markings on them.  Babies stay in the next for 12-21 days. A distinct behavior is to top off their nest with a piece of snakeskin, or a found piece of plastic or cellophane wrapper. Perhaps this is bad advice given to them by an interior designer, fresh out of Nest Interior Design (NID) school.