The Pacific-slope Flycatcher is a small, insect-eating bird species that belongs to the family of tyrant flycatchers – a group of birds known for their aerial hunting abilities. In this blog post, we will explore everything there is to know about this fascinating bird.
## Basic Description
The Pacific-slope Flycatcher has an olive-green back and head with a pale yellowish-white belly. It has two distinctive white eye-rings which makes it easy to identify. They are small in size, measuring between 4.5-5 inches long with a wingspan of around 8-10 inches.
## Where To Find This Bird
The Pacific-slope Flycatcher can be found along the western coast of North America from southern Alaska down to central Mexico during breeding season (May-August). During winter months, they migrate as far south as Panama and Costa Rica.
Pacific-slope Flycatchers inhabit densely forested areas such as coniferous forests or mixed deciduous-coniferous forests with plenty of underbrush cover for nesting purposes. They prefer riparian habitats near water sources such as rivers or streams where insects are abundant.
As its name suggests, the Pacific-slope Flycatcher feeds on flying insects including flies, mosquitoes, and beetles caught while in flight. They also eat spiders and occasionally consume fruit when other food sources are scarce.
## Cool Facts
1) The Pacific-slope Flycatcher’s song consists of two descending notes followed by an ascending chirp; it sounds like “Fitz-bew”.
2) These birds nest close to water sources because dampness helps keep their nests intact – they use mosses and lichens bound together with spider webs!
3) Unlike many migratory birds that make long-distance flights twice per year (spring/fall), these tiny flycatchers make two shorter migrations each year instead – one in spring and one in fall.
In conclusion, Pacific-slope Flycatchers are amazing creatures with unique characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd. If you ever get the chance to catch a glimpse of this elusive bird, take it. You won’t be disappointed!