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Alder FlyCatcher

Empidonax alnorum

Formerly lumped with the Willow Flycatcher as the Traill’s Flycatcher, the Alder Flycatcher has been given full species status. The split occurred in 1973. Our bird is a creature of the far north in breeding season, spanning the full width of the continent from Alaska to New Brunswick. It is not found in the western USA, but in the east it will breed in the Great Lakes region and the Appalachians. These birds migrate south through the Ohio-Mississippi Valley, then along the eastern gulf coast and Central America. Winters are spent in western South America. They may live as long as nine years.

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