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Variegated Flycatcher

Empidonomus varius

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Medium-sized flycatcher commonly found in the canopy and border of forests, woodlands, savannas, and urban areas where it usually perches on exposed branches. Note the complicated head pattern with a black mask and crown, and a broad white eyebrow and mustache. The black crown also has a central yellow patch, which is often concealed. The body is streaky with a cinnamon rump and tail. Similar to Piratic flycatcher, but Variegated Flycatcher is larger and paler, with cinnamon on the tail and rump and with more boldly-marked wings. The call is nasal “pseeeu.”

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