Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis



Distinguishing Characteristics

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Similar Species

The Social Flycatcher is also sometimes referred to as the Vermilion-crowned Flycatcher (del Hoyo et al. 2004). All members of the genus Myiozetetes share the same basic pattern. The upperparts are olive-green and the tail and wings are brown. Other species in Myiozetetes include the Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis), the Gray-capped Flycatcher (Myiozetetes granadensis) and the Dusky-chested Flycatcher (Myiozetetes luteiventris) (del Hoyo et al. 2004). Other species similar to the Social Flycatcher include the Lesser Kiskadee (Pitangus lector) and the Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) (del Hoyo et. Al 2004). All species listed geographically overlap with the Social Flycatcher. The Lesser Kiskadee has a longer and more slender bill than the Social Flycatcher (Gwynne et al. 2010).

Detailed Description

The following description is based on Restal et al. (2006) and Gwynne et al. (2010):

The Social Flycatcher has a dark gray crown with a semi-concealed vermillion crown patch, long white superciliary and a blackish face. The upperparts are olive-green and wing-coverts are lined pale gray. The belly is bright yellow and the throat white. Wings and tail are dark brown.

The upperparts are more gray-brown with wing coverts that are more buffy than rufous with some rufous edging. Juveniles have a small or non-existent crown.


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Linear Measurements from Restall et al. (2006):

Total Length: 16.5cm – 17cm

Recommended Citation

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: