Great Crested Flycatcher
photo by Phil Swanson
L 8″ (20 cm).
Song or calls:
Distinctive call is loud whistled “wheep.” Also gives rolling “prrrr-eet.”
Description: Sexes similar. Dark olive above, with bushy crest; medium gray throat and breast; bright lemon yellow belly and undertail covertsl; rufous on tail and primary feathers of wings. Two yellowish wing bars.
Behavior: Nests in cavities such as woodpecker holes.
Habitat: Found during the breeding season in various hardwood forests, including riverbottom forests; especially those with fairly open canopies.
Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant and summer resident in the east, mainly along major river valleys. Extends west to Sioux, Deuel, and Dundy Counties. Regular breeder.
Fun Facts: A group of flycatchers can be called a “zipper” of flycatchers.
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