Northern Scrub-Flycatcher (Sublegatus arenarum)

Northern Scrub-Flycatcher

Northern Scrub-Flycatcher (Sublegatus arenarum)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Sublegatus arenarum | [UK] Northern Scrub-Flycatcher | [FR] Tyranneau des paletuviers | [DE] Nordlicher Busch-Fliegenstecher | [ES] Mosquero Matorralero Norteno | [NL]


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

Upperparts olive grey, darker on crown which has elongated feathers giving the appearance of a crest. Wings and tails dark grey-brown, with three white wing bars. Throat grey white and breast and flanks pale grey. Lower parts yellowish. The sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of Northern Scrub-Flycatcher

[audio: Scrub-Flycatcher.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 13 cm size max.: 15 cm
incubation min.: 14 days incubation max.: 15 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 15 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


Latin America : Costa Rica to the Guianas


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.


Nest is a small simple cup 2-6 meter above ground, built in a fork of a small tree. Clutch size is two eggs incubated for about 14 days. While on the nest the feamle is fed by the male.

Feeding habits

Feeds on anthropods inculding ants and caterpillars. Forages almost unnoticed in scrub and small trees. Catches prey by hover-gleaning and short sallies.


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Northern Scrub-Flycatcher status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Northern Scrub-Flycatcher distribution range map

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