Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer), Gilbert Water Ranch, Gilbert, Maricopa County
This Dusky-capped Flycatcher was first
identified and reported by John Yerger on 07 December 2010. It was photographed by
John at the same time. The same bird was apparently also photographed by Steve Hosmer on 05 December 2010
in Maricopa County at any time. Accidental in Arizona during the winter
with only about five previous winter records.
The following points differentiate this from an Ash-throated Flycatcher: much brighter yellow breast and belly, face in profile shows browner auriculars, bird has rufous edgings to the secondaries, wingbars do not appear as strong,
bill small in proportion to head. Not shown in photos, but both observers
noted a lack of rufous on the underside of the tail feathers. The
rufous on the upper tail indicates a hatch-year bird. The bird was also
heard repeatedly giving whistled a plaintive, dropping "wheeeuu" note -
very distinctive of Dusky-capped Flycatcher.
05 December 2010, photo by Steve Hosmer
07 December 2010, photo by John YergerAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 09 December 2010