When I get a new photo of a tyrant flycatcher I typically post it to BirdForum.net and have the experts there assist me with the identification. Unfortunately, the posts often spark a debate — especially if the photo is of a bird in the flycatcher species. Many of these are so similar that the only way to identify a specific type of flycatcher is by its voice, but I don’t capture the voice in a still photo. So is it a Willow Flycatcher, an Alder Flycatcher or one of its other cousins? Don’t know. I usually just call it a Willow Flycatcher until someone proves me wrong.
So the photos in this gallery all show tyrant flycatchers. I guarantee that. But I won't guarantee anything beyond that.
The name “flycatcher” is well earned. A typical flycatcher — whether it is a kingbird, a phoebe, a peewee or one of the many others that carry a flycatcher name — will dart from its perch to catch insects in flight.
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