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Piratic Flycatcher - Legatus leucophaius



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

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern



Piratic FlycatcherPiratic flycatchers are 5.6-5.9 inches in length. They are brown or dark olive-green and have a whitish throat and a yellow belly. They have a white eyebrow stripe, and their wings have a yellowish-white edge. They have a short, broad-based black bill. Males and female look alike.


Piratic flycatchers are found from southeast Mexico to northern Argentina.


Piratic flycatchers are found in forest edges, river edges, semi-open country, and in cultivated areas with tall trees.



Piratic flycatchers eat insects and berries. They perch on tree branches and wait for their insect prey to fly by, and then they fly after it.

Life Cycle

Piratic FlycatcherPiratic flycatchers get the pirate part of their name from their nesting behavior. They wait for other flycatchers to make their nest, and then they begin to annoy the nest-builder by flying into the nest again and again and again. They don't attack the other bird, but sometimes they remove eggs from the nest. Eventually, the other bird abandons its nest and the piratic flycatcher takes over. The female lays 2-3 eggs and incubates them for a little over two weeks. The chicks leave the nest when they are 18-20 days old.


Piratic flycatchers travel in pairs and are hard to spot since they spend most of their time high in the tree tops.

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