The Crowned Flycatcher
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John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 18, The Crowned Flycatcher
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 10.5 x 7"
Framed dimensions: 12.75 x 21"
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The Crowned Flycatcher is a large, assertive flycatcher with rich reddish-brown accents and a lemon-yellow belly. This is a common bird of Eastern woodlands. Its habit of hunting high in the canopy means it's not particularly conspicuous---until you learn its very distinctive call, an emphatic rising whistle. These flycatchers swoop after flying insets and may crash into foliage in pursuit of leaf-crawling prey. They are the only Eastern flycatchers that nest in cavities.