This small active flycatcher appears large-headed and short-tailed. Upperparts are gray-brown, with an olive wash on the back. The blackish wings show two bold whitish wing bars and relatively short primary extension. The tail is slightly notched. The whitish eye ring is usually conspicuous. The bill is fairly broad, but short, with a yellow lower mandible with a faint dusky tip. The throat is whitish. A gray wash covers the breast. The belly is whitish, with a yellow wash in spring. Adults appear worn and faded by mid-summer, and leave for the winter range by August. Juveniles molt on breeding grounds, so they show fresh plumage with buffy wing bars in autumn migration.
Length: 13 (cm) Wingspan: 19 (cm)
Song is a crisp che-Bek, often repeated. Call is a sharp whit.
Mature deciduous forest, forest edge, open woods, usually in dry upland areas.
Very active and vocal, frequently calling and flicking its wings and tail. Nests in close proximity to other Least Flycatchers.
Captures insects by flycatching and by gleaning from foliage.
Expanded Life History
|Feed Ecology And Diet||Contribute Content|
|Nesting Habits||Contribute Content|
|Migration Status||Contribute Content|
|Conservation Status||Contribute Content|
|Local Sites to Spot||Contribute Content|
|Abundance Status||Contribute Content|
|Adult Male Description||Contribute Content|
|Adult Female Description||Contribute Content|
|ITIS Taxonomic Number||Contribute Content|
|Reproductive Characteristics||Contribute Content|
|Relationship to Humans||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Size & Shape||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Color & Pattern||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Habitat||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Behavior||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Wingspan||Contribute Content|
|ID Tips - Weight||Contribute Content|
|Cool Facts||Contribute Content|
|Local Knowledge||Contribute Content|