Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher

Myiodynastes luteiventris
Range Map

Rarely seen in the US, the Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher is a summer resident in the tropical lowland evergreen forest edges of Mexico and northern Central America, but a regular summer visitor to the Huachuca Mountain’s broad-leaf forest canyons in southeastern Arizona.

When the breeding season is over, these birds migrate to South America to stay on the eastern slopes of the Andes range in river-edge forests, but also uses disturbed and secondary forests, in edges and canopies of mature tropical forests of the upper Amazon basin.

Most references I found confess that this species is “under-studied”. Taxonomists regard the Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher as monotypic (i.e. there are no subspecies).

My experience with these birds is limited to a few meetings on the Fort Huachuca military base in Garden Canyon near Sierra Vista Arizona. I hope to spend more time with these birds in the future.

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