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Hammond's Flycatcher
Empidonax hammondii

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-14 cm

Description: Preferring higher elevations than most other flycatchers, Hammond's flycatcher is common from the montane to the subalpine. It is olive-brown above and light below. The eye has a faint eye-ring, and the outer margin of the tail is light gray. In the field, it is virtually impossible to distinguish from the similar dusky flycatcher. Its habitat can help identify it, preferring higher altitudes, and also looking to old growth coniferous forests. The dusky prefers deciduous forests. Its lack of a light lower mandible distinguishes it from the least flycatcher. The song, is more hurried, rather than the distinctive "phee-reet" of the alder, it's a rapid, "phe-reet".

They prefer conifers for nesting, usually wedging the nest in a fork of a horizontal branch. They are built at heights of 8-18 metres.

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