Flycatchers – Old World and Tyrant

A Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata – Grauschnäpper) made a surprising visit in front of the kitchen window today. This is an Old World Flycatcher. (Please click on the photo to enlarge).

It reminded me, that I haven’t put up the Flycatchers we saw in Panama – which are all Tyrant Flycatchers. (And for those who understand German, please note those amazing German names…)

The cute little ones are the Common Tody Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum – Grau-Gelb Todityrann)

and the Southern Bentbill (Oncostoma olivaceum – Gelbkehl-Krummschnabeltyrann) – I was so happy that I got a decent photo of this fast little bird.

One with a very funny “hair-do” is the Yellow-bellied Elaenia (Elaenia flavogaster – Gelbbauch-Olivtyrann). It’s crest is divided in the middle, therefor the head on the photo looks like it’s out of focus. (Click on the photo to enlarge).

Definitely not such a good photo is the one from the Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher  (Myiobius barbatus – Gelbbürzeltyrann), but the sulphur rump is visible.

The Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana – Gabelschwanzkönigstyrann) was never very close, but close enough to see the impressive tail:

The Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus – Südlicher Fleckenmaskentyrann):

The Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis – Rotschwingen Maskentyrann):

The Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis – Rotscheitel Maskentyrann):

The Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius – Kurzschnabel Maskentyrann):

And these are the rather common Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus – Schwefelmaskentyrann):

and the Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus – Trauerkönigstyrann):



~ by Natalie on May 16, 2012.

7 Responses to “Flycatchers – Old World and Tyrant”

  1. Wow Natalie, these are great shots of a huge variety of flycatchers! I am green with envy. I love watching these birds as they catch insects on the wing. They are so graceful. With that hooked bill, the Streaked Flycatcher looks like it does more than catching insects!

  2. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Great captures of these beautiful birds!! They are all new to me 🙂

  4. An interesting series of birds. Great photos.

  5. Old world and Tyrant…Wow!

  6. What an impressive group of Flycatchers. I can see some common traits with the ones here in the states.

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