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Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus 
Flycatcher family (Tyrannidae)

A large flycatcher. Crest on head, olive-brown back, bright yellow belly, reddish-brown wings and tail.

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.

Name Origin:

The genus name Myiarchus is from the Greek for "ruler of the flies."  The species name crinitis is from the Latin for “hairy” or “crested.”

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant. Arrives in late April, early May.