Fuscous Flycatcher (Cnemotriccus fuscatus)

Fuscous Flycatcher

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Cnemotriccus fuscatus | [UK] Fuscous Flycatcher | [FR] Moucherolle fuligineux | [DE] Augenstreif-Schnappertyrann | [ES] Mosquero Parduzco | [IT] Pigliamosche fosco | [NL] Vinktiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Xenotriccus fuscatus
Cnemotriccus fuscatus SA widespread
Cnemotriccus fuscatus beniensis
Cnemotriccus fuscatus bimaculatus
Cnemotriccus fuscatus cabanisi
Cnemotriccus fuscatus duidae
Cnemotriccus fuscatus fumosus
Cnemotriccus fuscatus fuscatior
Cnemotriccus fuscatus fuscatus

Physical charateristics

The Fuscous Flycatcher is 14.5 cm long and weighs 11.9g, with a long tail. The upperparts are plain brown with darker brown wings and two buff wing bars. There is an obvious long whitish supercilium, and the bill is black. The breast is grey-brown and the abdomen is pale yellow. Sexes are similar. There are other races, differing in the tone of the upperpart or underpart colour.

Listen to the sound of Fuscous Flycatcher

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Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It breeds from Colombia and Venezuela south to Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, and on both Trinidad and Tobago. The Fuscous Flycatcher ranges in northern and eastern South America, including the entire Amazon Basin, and the Guianas; also all of Brazil except the very southeastern border area with Uruguay.


This species is found in woodland and scrubby areas.


The nest is made of twigs and bark lined with plant fibre and placed in a tree fork. The typical clutch is three white eggs, which are marked with black at the larger end. Udually the nest is built about 3 meter above ground.

Feeding habits

Fuscous Flycatchers are inconspicuous birds, tending to keep to undergrowth perches from which they sally forth to catch insects, (hawking).


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 12,000,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Fuscous Flycatcher status Least Concern


Widespread east of Andes south to northern and eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, north-western and eastern Argentina (Salta and Jujuy, and from Misiones south to eastern Santa Fe), and southern Brazil ( south to Rio Grande do Sul); west of Andes only in northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela; Trinidad and Tobago. May withdraw from southern part of range during austral winter; though details remain sparse, it is apparently absent from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil at that season.

Distribution map

Fuscous Flycatcher range map


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