Cliff Flycatcher Hirundinea ferruginea


The Cliff Flycatcher is a slender tyrannid of forest edge and rocky outcroppings Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela south along the Andes to northwestern Argentina, and also is found from northeastern Brazil south to northeastern Argentina.  The Cliff Flycatcher has blackish-brown upperparts, mottled white cheeks and supericilia, and a cinnamon throat and underparts.  Reminiscent of a swallow in both its shape and manner of flight, the Cliff Flycatcher catches insects by making long powerful aerial sallies from a perch on a rocky outcropping, cliff face or overhanging branch.  The Cliff Flycatcher is well adapted to human altered environments, and in São Paulo these birds nest on apartment blocks and high-rise buildings.  Southern breeders migrate north during the austral winter.

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Dawn song

© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

Cliff Flycatcher (Hirundinea ferruginea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: