Ash-throated Flycatcher

photo by Phil Swanson

Myiarchus cinerascens
L 8 1/2″ (22 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Distinctive call is rough “prrrt.” Also rolling “ka-wheer;” accent on second syllable.

Description: Sexes similar. Olive-brown above with a bushy crest; light yellow underparts; gray-white throat; cinnamon rust primaries and tail feathers; slender bill; and two white wing bars. Underparts are less contrasted than in Great Crested Flycatcher.

Habitat: Usually found in open woodlands, oak canyons, deserts, and riverside groves.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. However, the single sight record in 1957 from western Nebraska is questionable.

Fun Facts: These birds nest in cavities, and often include pieces of shed snakeskin in their nests.

Ash-throated Flycatcher - photo by Phil Swanson
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