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White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: John van Dort
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Behavior

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White-throated Flycatcher aggressive posture.

Aggressive posture with crest raised, breast feathers puffed out, wings held down, and tail spread open, after playback within territory.

© John van Dort, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, 30 June 2018
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White-throated Flycatcher aggressive posture.

Aggressive posture with tail spread out, crest raised, and wings half open, after playback within territory.

© John van Dort, Francisco Morazán, Honduras, 30 June 2018

Behavior

White-throated Flycatcher often quivers the wings and tail after landing on a perch (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Territoriality

Posturing (wing and tail spreading) has been observed in response to playback on territory. In two closely related species, Alder (Empidonax alnorum) and Willow (Empidonax traillii) flycatchers, Stein (1963) noted tail-flash, a rapid spreading of the tail. White-throated Flycatcher opens the tail and holds it spread out for several seconds upon playback of the song within its territory. There is no information on territory or home range size for White-throated Flycatcher.

Sexual Behavior

Little information. White-throated Flycatcher presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Like other species of Empidonax, White-throated Flycatcher typically is solitary.

Predation

No reports of predation on White-throated Flycatcher.

Recommended Citation

van Dort, J. (2018). White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax albigularis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whtfly1.01