Boat-billed Flycatcher Megarynchus pitangua


The Boat-billed Flycatcher is a large and widespread inhabitant of clearings and forest edges from southern Mexico to south to Argentina. Boat-billed Flycatchers have a striking facial pattern with a black crown, yellow coronal patch, a white supercilium and black lores; this facial pattern is shared with species of several other genera of large-bodied neotropical flycatchers.  True to their name, Boat-billed Flycatchers have a broad and heavy bill.  Boat-billed Flycatchers generally forage in pairs or in small family groups at medium to high elevations in the forest canopy.  These flycatchers, sally-glean to catch insects or to snatch a piece of fruit.  The Boat-billed Flycatcher is resident in most of its range, but some populations in southern Brazil and northern Argentina are thought to be migratory.

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Dawn song (Northern)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: