Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher
(Myiarchus crinitus)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Tyrannidae

Photo by Reago & McClarren [CC 2.0]

Great-crested Flycatcher Information

Length:  8 - 9"

Breeding Habitat:  Prefers to nest in deciduous woodlands, but is also found in mixed woodlands, wooded pastures and swamps, orchards, parks, and wooded residential areas.

Diet:  Mostly insects, including butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, beetles, and wasps. Also spiders, small fruits and berries. Has been know to occasionally eat small lizards.

  Songs & calls of the Great-crested Flycatcher

Additional Information

Great-crested Flycatcher
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Great-crested Flycatcher

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Great-crested Flycatcher
Identification Tips

  • Gray throat and breast
  • Yellow underparts
  • Brownish-olive upperparts
  • Pale wing bars and tertial edges
  • Brown tail with rust edges
  • Pale base to lower mandible
  • Inhabits forests where it is most often heard before being seen

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Great-crested Flycatcher Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The Great-crested Flycatcher breeds throughout New England.

This bird winters mainly in southern Florida, southern Mexico, Central America, and northwestern South America.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Great-crested Flycatcher from Dec-Feb over past 10 years (2009-2019)

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS