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Tufted Flycatcher

Mitrephanes phaeocercus

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Conspicuous, small crested flycatcher of highlands and foothills. Occurs in woodlands, forests, and plantations; also ranges into semiopen areas with trees and bushes, mainly in winter. Typically perches conspicuously at middle to upper levels and makes fluttering sallies for insects; often returns to the same perch again and again. Attractive cinnamon underparts, obvious tufted crest, and behavior are distinctive. Often gives a cheery, doubled “chewee-chewee.”

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