Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis



  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Social Flycatcher
eBird range map for Social Flycatcher

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Social Flycatcher is very common in Panama and common in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela (Angehr and Dead 2010). In Ecuador, they are found below 1,400m (Restall et al. 2006). In Colombia, below 900m but up to 1,200m on the eastern slope of the Andes (Restall et al. 2006). In Venezuela, Social Flycatchers are found at heights of 1,500m north of Orinoco but only to 500m south of Orinoco (Restall et al. 2006). The Social Flycatcher ranges from Northwest Mexico to Northwest Peru, Northeast Argentina and Southern Brazil (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

In addition, the Social Flycatcher is considered a native species of Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (BirdLife International). The Social Flycatcher is a vagrant species of the United States (BirdLife International).

The movements of Social Flycatchers are largely unknown but are believed to be resident in most areas and partially migratory in others (del Hoyo et al. 2004). In Venezuela, the Social Flycatcher is absent during the rainy season and is suspected to migrate elsewhere (del Hoyo et al. 2004). Whether this species mirgrates a short or long distance is unknown (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Social Flycatchers are a common species found in shrubby clearings, gardens and residential areas (Ridgley 2001). They are often found in large groups near water sources, lake and river margins, pastures and cultivated regions (del Hoyo et al. 2004). In the eastern and south parts of Brazil, they are commonly found on forest and woodland borders; however, they are practically absent from the Northern Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães (Gwynne et al. 2006). Social Flycatchers are often found in humid forests, and in the lowlands and foothills of Ecuador (Ridgley and Greenfield). They are also commonly found in second growth, agricultural land and on the banks of rivers and ponds throughout their distribution (Stiles and Skutch 1989). As described by Restall et al., Social Flycatchers are well adapted to urban areas (2006).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

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: