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Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Common Name Ochre-bellied Flycatcher

Scientific Name Mionectes oleagineus

Species Birds

Family/Group Flycatchers



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Fairly long slender bill, base of lower mandible often pinkish. Olive above, browner on wings and tail; sides of head and throat olive grayish with remaining underparts yellowish ochre. Often recognized by its habit of quickly lifting up of a wing up over back, one after the other.

Habits and Behavior

Usually seen singly, though often accompanying a mixed flock. Ohre-bellied Flycatchers eat a combination of insects, obtained by gleaning, and fruits, especially mistletoe. Males during the breeding season sing interminably from perches in their small territories, twich, twich, twich..., with variations, sometimes bisyllabic, tit-twich or tsyick, all the while flicking their wings. The nest is ball-shaped with a side entrance and is usually covered with moss; it is suspended from a slender vine or root, hung over a stream or from the side of a bank or tree trunk. The female alone raises the young.

Further Reading

Nicaragua Animal Guide