>Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis
Social Flycatcher, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, August 2002 - click for larger image Brazil & Colombia

The Social Flycatcher is a common bird found in a variety of habitats from forests to gardens and is to be found in the tropics from Mexico to south east Brazil. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It has a white supercilium which does not meet at the nape and a red stripe on the top of the crown. The underparts are bright yellow apart from its white throat.

Social Flycatcher, Caxiuanã, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image The generic name of Myiozetetes comes from the Greek "muia" meaning "fly" and "zetetes" meaning "searcher".

The bird in the 3rd photo has a brood patch on its lower breast.

Social Flycatcher, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image The nest is a rather large, untidy dome structure with a side entrance and often incorporating bits of paper and plastic. It is usually in a conspicuous position at least 2 metres off the ground and often in the fork of a tree. Photo 5 shows a typical nest.
Social Flycatcher, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image Photos 2 and 3 are of the nominate sub-species from the Amazonian Basin; photos 1, 4 and 5 are of the sub-species M. s. pallidiventris from eastern Brazil and photo 6 from Minca, Colombia is of the sub-species M. s. columbianus which is lighter grey on the crown, brighter underparts and with paler margins on the wing-coverts.
Social Flycatcher, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image Photos 7, 8 and 9 were taken at Tikal, Guatemala and are of the sub-species M. s. texensis.
Social Flycatcher, Minca, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
Social Flycatcher, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image
Social Flycatcher, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image
Social Flycatcher, Tikal, Guatemala, March 2015 - click for larger image
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