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We saw a lot of flycatchers in Arizona, but I really enjoyed seeing the Ash-throated Flycatcher.

It might be in part because he let us take a lot of pictures.  He was in this really desolate looking area.

I don’t know why they call them ash throated since the whole front is ash colored.

One of the identifiers is his rust colored tail.  I was very happy to have a bird guide for this identification.


2 Responses to “Ash-throated Flycatcher”

  1. Manuel says:

    I would call those Western Wood-Pewees. I’ve been studying them this year too. Frustrating is ahntying I’ve ever done and I feel like I’ll never master it because it is just so darn hard, even with photos. Carrying an Android phone with birding apps and songs/calls has helped a lot as I confirm what I am hearing, but then again, they are often dead silent. The new Kaufman advanced birding field guide has some great tips for identification that I use when looking at photos. Tail length, wing-tip length, bill length and color all seem to be the most important field marks, even more important than tail-bobbing and color pattern. Good luck! I’m in the same boat with ya.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Manuel, thanks for visiting. I still think he’s an Ash-throated Flycatcher because the Western Wood-Pewees doesn’t have the rust-colored tail. Also, this guy’s beak seems much larger as compared to his head than the same ratio on the Western Wood-Pewees. But flycatchers are really difficult to identify so I could easily be wrong.