Great Crested Flycatcher

General description.

The Great Crested Flycatcher is a bird that prefers wooded areas. It often blends in with trees in the forest and is therefore more often seen than heard. If this bird is seen, it will be seen in the canopy of trees hawking the insects that it preys on. It catches it's food in midair. Males are very territorially, often having in air battles with each other over territory. The Great Crested Flycatcher nests in cavities in trees and dead trees. During breeding season, the male performs a courtship flight during which he chases the female close to a possible nesting cavity. When a pair build their nest they often top it with snake skin or cellophane. This bird is common in wooded areas and is therefore vulnerable to habitat loss.

Flight pattern.

Direct; swift and buoyant. Hovers over foliage in search of insects.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

wheeep! and prrrrrrrrreeeet

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Great Crested Flycatcher nests in trees and dead trees and lays 4-8 white eggs in May or June.
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