ALDER FLYCATCHER

ALDER FLYCATCHER(Empidonax alnorum)

The Alder flycatcher is part of the tyrant family. As the name implies, these birds catch insects in flight. The other part of this flycatcher’s name indicates its usual habitat.

The alder flycatcher is about 15 cm (6 in.) long and is olive green on its upper parts with two white bands on the wings. The under parts are whitish. This bird is very similar to the willow flycatcher, which is found in the same type of habitat – wetlands where those trees grow. The only way to tell the two species apart is from their vocalizations.

The alder flycatcher breads in PEI and is common. It migrates to northwest South America, where its habitat and diet are similar to the one in its breeding range.

Alder flycatcher in the rain - North Rustico, PEI - June 10, 2017 - © Matt Beardsley
Alder flycatcher in the rain – North Rustico, PEI – June 10, 2017 – © Matt Beardsley
Alder flycatcher -Founds Mills area - Aug.25, 2016 - Chris rice
Alder flycatcher -Founds Mills area – Aug.25, 2016 – Chris rice

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