Streaked flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus)


June 23, 2012

Streaked Flycatcher

Nancy took this image on our last full day of a 10-day trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This bird breeds in eastern Mexico, Central America, Tinidad & Tobago, and South America into Argentina. A southern subspecies (not including this one), migrates north to Venezuela and the Guianas during the austral (southern hemisphere) winter (March to September). They can be found in the middle to upper canopy of forests and plantations with tall trees. They eat mostly large insects in flight, but also lizards and berries.

They grow to be about 82/3" long, weighing about 11/2ounces. The sexes look similar. Immature birds have brown where the adults are black. The nest is an open cup of twigs and grass in the hollow of a tree with two or three creamy white eggs. Both parents feed the chicks.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/6.7 for 1/1500 sec at ISO 2000. Exposure was increased one stop in post-processing.

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