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Acadian Flycatcher - Empidonax virescens



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Tyrannidae
 Genus:  Empidonax

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern


Acadian FlycatcherThe Acadian flycatcher is a small flycatcher. It is around 5 inches in length. It has greenish-brown upperparts, a grayish-white throat, a white lower breast, a light yellow belly, white wing bars, and a white rings around its eyes. Males and females look alike.


mapThe Acadian flycatcher is a neotropical migrant. It breeds in the eastern half of the United States from Minnesota to southern New England and south to the Gulf Coast and Florida. It winters in northwestern South America in lowland tropical forests in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.


The Acadian flycatcher is found in deciduous forests and by the sides of streams.


Acadian FlycatcherThe Acadian flycatcher eats insects. It perches on a branch and waits for them to fly by. It then swoops after the insect and catches it in mid-air. It also gleans insects from foliage. It sometimes eats seeds and berries.

Life Cycle

Acadian FlycatcherThe female lays 2-4 eggs in a open cup nest woven of plant fibers and placed in a bush or tree, sometimes over a stream. The chicks hatch in two weeks and fledge when they are 13-15 days old. The female may have two broods a year.


The Acadian flycatcher is an excellent flyer and very good at maneuvering while in flight. It can hover and even fly backwards. It even flies when it is taking a bath. It dives into the water and then returns to its perch and shakes off the water and then preens.

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