H2: Basic Description
The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is a small bird that belongs to the tyrant flycatcher family. Adults measure about 12 cm in length and weigh around 9 grams. This bird has olive-green upperparts, yellow underparts, and a distinct white eye-ring that stands out against its dark head.
H2: Where To Find This Bird
During breeding season, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher can be found across northern portions of the United States and Canada. In winter months, they migrate southward to Central America and parts of South America.
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers prefer coniferous forests for their breeding habitat. They are most commonly found in spruce-fir forests but can also be seen in mixed woods or deciduous forests during migration periods.
As their name suggests, this species feeds primarily on flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes that it catches mid-air while perched on a branch or flying through foliage. Occasionally they will eat larger prey like caterpillars or beetles.
H2: Cool Facts
– The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher sings only one note at a time which makes them fairly easy to identify by sound.
– These birds are known to occasionally breed with other members of the Empidonax genus producing hybrid offspring.
– While most birds incubate their eggs between 11 – 14 days before hatching occurs, the eggs of Yellow-bellied Flycatchers typically take closer to two weeks.
In conclusion, although it’s not one of those birds you see frequently when taking nature walks since it prefers dense forest habitats; still we should appreciate these little avian creatures with soft voices who help keep pesky bugs away thanks to their unique feeding habits!