Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher Terenotriccus erythrurus

  • © Eduardo CarriĆ³n Letort

Widespread and fairly common, Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher inhabits the interior of humid lowland forest. They forage in the mid-story, where they are usually encountered as individuals, though they occasionally join mixed flocks. Even during the breeding season, this species seems not to form pair bonds, and the female apparently attends the nest alone. They often sit motionless for periods of time, then dart out in sallies to pluck insects from the air or foliage. This small flycatcher sits very upright, and has a large head with a bushy appearance. Note also the rufous wings and tail, buffy belly, and grayish head. Their song is a high, two-parted whistle: “tew pew.”

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Song and calls

© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

Recommended Citation

Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher (Terenotriccus erythrurus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: