Alder Flycatcher

General description.

The Alder Flycatcher is a shy bird similar to many other Flycatchers. In fact, the Willow Flycatcher and the Alder Flycatcher used to be considered members of the same species until the 1970s. The Willow Flycatcher and the Alder Flycatcher look so similar, in fact, that it is hard to distinguish the two using anything other than their calls. The Alder Flycatcher can often be found in the forest foraging for the flying insects that it eats. This bird is rarely spotted by humans due to its shyness, but can sometimes been seen if it is suddenly chasing insects or it is perching to sing. The Alder Flycatcher nests in shrubs and trees and its nest is sometimes the victim of nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird. This means that the Cowbird female will lay her eggs in another bird's nest and leave that bird to care for them.

Flight pattern.

Direct with shallow wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

fee-bee-o or way-bee-o and pep

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Alder Flycatcher nests in trees and lays 3-4 white eggs in June.
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