7 1/2-8 1/2" (19-22 cm). Grayish brown above with a rich brown tail; whitish below with yellowing belly. Bushy crest, dark eye, and black bill.
Similar Species- Great Crested, Brown- crested, and Dusky-capped flycatchers.
A rolling ka-wheer; more like a trill at the end.
Breeds from southwestern Oregon, eastern Washington, southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, northern and central Texas, and sometimes Oklahoma, south to Baja California and mainland of Mexico. Winters from northern Baja California, southeastern California, and central Arizona, south into mainland of Mexico and portions of Central America.
Found in shrub steppe, pinyon/juniper and oak woodlands, chaparral, thorn scrub, and riparian woodlands. Also found in open deciduous woodlands in winter.
Primarily insectivorous (consumes bees, wasps, ants, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, etc.). Will also eat spiders and some berries.
Nests in natural or abandoned cavity in tree; may occasionally nest in fence post. May displace small woodpeckers from nesting holes. Often forages by flying out from perch and catching prey in air.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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