Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)

Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Twentynine Palms, CA
© Tom Benson
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

The Olive-sided Flycatcher is a casual visitor to campus: one was seen 18 Sep 2011. It is a fairly common breeding bird in the mountains of southern California, and an uncommon migrant in the deserts and coastal lowlands.

The Olive-sided Flycatcher can be identified by its dark gray-brown head and upperparts, and its white throat and underparts with dark gray-brown sides that create a strongly vested appearance. Like many flycatchers, it frequently perches at the tops of trees, and will return to the same perch after flying out to catch an insect.


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