Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Least Flycatcher

I took a bird walking trip in Central Park in New York City in May and saw a least flycatcher for the first time. It is the smallest flycatcher in eastern North America and was standing in a very tall tree quite a distance from us. Despite others in our group describing where it was in the tree, it took me quite a while to pick it out. 
DNA analysis reveals that it has no close relatives. It is dull olive-gray on the back and whitish on the belly, although I see other photos of it with some yellow, like the one I photographed. It has two white bars on its wings and a white ring around each eye. The lower mandible of the bill is yellowish. 
As the range map shows, it is found in much of Canada and the northern U.S. and migrates to Mexico and Central America for the winter. Based on the map, I was probably seeing one migrating north. 
Least flycatcher range from Wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. That's a amazingly clear photo of a tiny bird very far away from you.