Dusky-capped Flycatcher Myiarchus tuberculifer
Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image

Brazil and Colombia

The Dusky-capped Flycatcher is distributed from south-west USA, through Central America and into South America as far south as northern Argentina. It is lacking from a good part of central and eastern Brazil but there is a disjunct population in south-east Brazil where photos 1 to 3 were taken. Photos 4 and 5 are from central Colombia. See the distribution map at NatureServe.

Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image It is found in a wide variety of habitats from forest and forest edges to secondary growth and disturbed habitat.

It is a small Myiarchus with a bushy crest and a brownish-black crown contrasting with dull, dark olive upperparts as can be seen in the 2nd photo. This also shows the dull whitish edges to the wing coverts and the hint of rufous on the edge of the primaries. The tail is dark brown with no rufous edging.

Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image It hover-gleans its prey from leaves or small branches and often bobs its head up and down while perched.

It has two small, horny swellings at the bend of each wing, totally useless for field identification but useful for providing the specific name derived from tuberculum, Latin for a small bump or swelling.

Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Cerro Montezuma, Tatamá, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image The bird in photos 1 to 3 was recorded by Jeremy Minns.
Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Cerro Montezuma, Tatamá, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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