Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher

Empidonax flaviventris
Range Map

Of all the difficult Empidonax birds to identify, this bird might be the exception. Like their cousins, the Least Flycatchers, they breed across Canada’s southern tier from the Yukon and northern British Columbia to the Maritime Provinces, and to a lesser extent, the northern USA in the Great Lakes region and northern New England. Their choice of habitat for their summer homes is boreal bogs and spruce woods, where insects such as Black Flies can make life miserable for birders trying to find them.

There are no recognised subspecies of Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher (i.e. they are monotypic).

Their stay on the breeding grounds is one of the shortest of any migratory bird. Usually, they stay for only about 70 days before they head south to Mexico and Central America.

To date, my only meetings with this species occurred on South Padre Island (Texas) during spring migration.

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