Great Crested Flycatcher
Flycatcher family (Tyrannidae)
Large for a flycatcher, 7” long. Crest on head, bright yellow belly, reddish-brown wings and tail, olive-brown back, dark gray throat.
Cavity nester. Builds nest in a natural cavity or in an old woodpecker hole. Eggs are whitish with dark marks. Clutch size – 4 to 8 eggs.
Call notes include a loud strongly ascending “wheeep” and a burry “prreet”.
Myiarchus: myia, Greek for “fly”; archos, Greek for “ruler”; literally “ruler of the flies”; crinitis, Latin for “hairy” or “crested”.
In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant. Arrives in late April, early May. Fairly common in the forests of the Nature Park, but like the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, is more often heard than seen.