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Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens

Ash-throated Flycatcher
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
Common in scrubby forests of dry areas and lower foothills, the Ash-throated Flycatcher eats insects it catches with its broad bill in mid-air. In the fall and winter, it also eats fruits. The nest is in a hole of a tree, Saguaro Cactus or fence post, and occasionally the adults add a cast snake skin to its lining of fur and feathers. It has been known to drive woodpeckers from their holes to take over a cavity. The four-digit banding code is ATFL.

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Shrubs
Shrubs

Savanna
Savanna

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