The Great Crested Flycatcher
is one of the most colorful of flycatchers, with a bright lemon-yellow
belly. Unfortunately, they are most often found in the treetops and are
easier to hear than to see. They are sometimes fierce when defending their
territories, and will go as far as pulling feathers out of birds who dare to
intrude into their space.
the summer breeding season, found in deciduous or mixed forests, avoiding pure
conifer forests. They can be found nearly anywhere within the forest
habitat, from the deep forest to forest edges and clearings. Winters in
the tropics around second-growth forest or along woodland edges.
Diet: Primarily feeds
on flying insects. Will also eat other insects and spiders, fruits,
berries, and occasionally small lizards.
Behavior: Forages by
flycatching...flying out from a perch to catch flying insects. Usually
found high in the tree canopy, more often heard than seen. Has the habit
of adding shed snakeskins to their nest if they find one.
Nesting: Late May through June
Migration: Summers in the eastern half of the
United States and southeastern Canada. Winters in Mexico southward
through Columbia, with smaller numbers wintering in southern Florida.
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout its range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Great Crested Flycatcher"
Great Crested Flycatcher
Photo Information: July 4th, 2006 -- Big Sioux Rec. Area near Brandon -- Terry Sohl
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