White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis

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

Diet and Foraging


White-throated Flycatcher is an insectivore. The diet includes beetles, small wasps, nymphs of mantids and grasshoppers, damselflies, homopterans, and flies; also consumes relatively small amounts of fruit (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Foraging Behavior

Unlike the majority of species of Empidonax, which are typically found in woodland and as a group are considered enclosed perch hawkers (Fitzpatrick 1980), White-throated Flycatcher is found in more open habitats where it employs foraging behaviors in concordance with better prey visibility, like aerial hawking and sally-gleaning.

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