Hammond’s Flycatcher

is a small bird with a big personality. This unassuming grey and olive-colored bird might seem like just another common backyard species, but it has some unique features that make it stand out from the crowd.

Basic Description

Hammond’s Flycatcher is a small bird that measures around 5 inches long and weighs only about 0.3 ounces. It has an olive-green back and wings, with greyish underparts and a pale yellow throat. The bill is relatively short compared to other flycatchers, which helps distinguish its appearance as well.

Where To Find This Bird

This species of bird can be found throughout western North America during breeding season (typically April through September). During the winter months they migrate southwards into Mexico and Central America where they overwinter until spring arrives again.


Hammond’s Flycatcher prefers to inhabit forests or woodlands consisting of mixed conifers and deciduous trees at elevations ranging from around 3000-8000 feet above sea level in the west coast region of North America including California, Oregon, Washington State among others.


As their name suggests, Hammond’s Flycatcher feeds primarily on insects such as flies, moths or beetles but also includes berries when available.

Cool Facts:

  • Their song is high-pitched trill followed by two buzzy notes.
  • The first known specimen was collected by William A Levette near Fort Tejon California in May 1861.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new little feathered friend to add to your life-list while exploring the diverse habitats found throughout western North America then consider searching for Hammond’s Flycatchers next time you’re outdoors! With its distinctive vocalizations and subtly-marked feathers, this bird is a great find for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike.