Birds Living II by Richard Stade - RStade

Great Crested Flycathcher – with Tawny Emperor larva

Myiarchus crinitus

June – Texas

L=8.75”...... WS=13” ....... WT=1.2 oz Order: Passeriformes (Passerine Birds) Family: Tyannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)

The Great Crested Flycatcher prefers open deciduous or mixed woodlands, especially at the edge of clearings. They are seldom found deep in a forest but rather occupy wooded corridors, wooded swamps and urban areas with large trees and adjacent open areas. These preferences have allowed this species to prosper in human habitats as more edge habitats are created. This particular picture was taken at an urban park where native grasses had recently been transplanted. The nesting pair found the Tawny Emperor larvae and butterflies and other insects very good for feeding their young.