Return of Bird of the Week: Rusty-margined Flycatcher


Last week we looked at a Social Flycatcher, and WC warned that it could be tough to tell the Myiozetetes flycatchers apart. Meet the Rusty-margined Flycatcher.

Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Ecuador

Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Ecuador

At first glance, they look identical, but note the slight cinnamon/rufous color along the edge of the wings, and the even fainter yellow-greenish coloration across the back. The black mask is slightly narrower. Those are tough field marks. The Rusty-margined is a close cousin of the Social Flycatcher, both members of the Myiozetetes genus.

Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Southern Ecuador

Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Southern Ecuador

Rustys are much less common than the Socials, although both species often forage for bugs out in the open. The species is very widely distributed, including much of Brazil. Populations appear to be stable, and it seems to adapt to disturbed areas. Hence, it is a species of least concern.

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