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Least Flycatcher
Empidonax minimus

Flycatchers
Flycatcher Family (Tyrannidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-14.5 cm Wingspan: 19-22 cm

Description: This is the most common of the Empidonax flycatchers, and the most vocal. Its rapid call, a high pitched "che-bek" reverberates among the aspens it favours. It is also one of the boldest flycatchers, with brooding females often sitting still while touched. They are olive-green above, and light below. They have a faint eye-ring, and an orange lower mandible. They can be distinguished from the willow flycatcher which lacks an eye-ring. Hammond's has darker under parts, and the dusky flycatcher's tail has whitish edges. The nests tend to be higher than those of the alder and willow flycatchers, usually between 2 and 8 metres high. They are a compact cup of grasses and plant material.

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