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Forest and Rangeland Birds of the United States

Natural History and Habitat Use

Dusky-capped Flycatcher -- Myiarchus tuberculifer
(formerly Olivaceous Flycatcher)

RANGE: Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico; also in Central and South America. Winters from Mexico to South America.

STATUS: Fairly common.

HABITAT: Generally found below 6,000 feet but does occur up to 7,500 feet in montane pine-oak woodlands. Prefers dense scrub oak thickets on hillsides but also occurs along canyon streams where trees grow thick enough to provide deep shade.

SPECIAL HABITAT REQUIREMENTS: Natural cavities or old woodpecker holes in trees for nesting.

NEST: Builds nests in natural cavities in trees and stumps or in old woodpecker holes, 4 to 50 feet above the ground, in oaks, sycamores, or ashes.

FOOD: Eats small insects.

REFERENCES: Bent 1942, Cottam and Knappen 1939, Harrison 1979, Phillips et al. 1964, Terres 1980.

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