Galapagos Flycatcher Myiarchus magnirostris

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: David A. Wiedenfeld

The Galapagos Flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris Gould 1839) is endemic to the Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador, and is the only representative of its genus in the islands. The flycatcher is found on all of the main islands and many smaller ones, except in the northern part of the archipelago, where it is missing from Darwin, Wolf, and Genovesa islands, and occurs from sea level to around 1,000 m elevation. It is a rather small member of its genus, only about 15-16 cm in length. It is very tame, frequently approaching humans out of apparent curiousity, or entering buildings to forage for insects. Although almost all of the flycatcher's habitat is protected, it faces threats from introduced predators and parasites such as the botfly Philornis downsi.

Dawn song

© Wesley E. Lanyon

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

Recommended Citation

Wiedenfeld, D. A. (2011). Galapagos Flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.