Saturday, August 14, 2010

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

This morning I banded a Yellow-bellied flycatcher.  I tend to band this species late in the spring (often in June) and early in the fall. These observations are collaborated by Gross and Lowther (2001), who comment that, of the neotropical migrants, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher spends one of the shortest nesting periods in the northern forests (often less than 70 days).  The winter range is from central Mexico through Panama.

Even with birds in hand, I find it difficult to photographically capture this flycatcher's colors.  Often photographs miss either the greenish back or the intensity of the yellowish underparts.  This photo comes close, although it is not perfect.

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