Royal Flycatcher

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Common Name: Royal Flycatcher
Scientific Name: Onychorhynchus mexicanus

Size: 6½ - 7 inches (16.5-18 cm)

Habitat: Central and South America. Mexico, south through most of Central America, to north-western Colombia and far western Venezuela Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown.

Diet: Flying insects; rarely fruit and seed.

Nesting: Female royal flycatchers incubate eggs in an enclosed niche, which is entered through a vertical slit in a loosely constructed hanging nest. Males do not incubate eggs or feed the young but continue to defend the nesting territory throughout the nesting period.

Cool Facts: The Northern Royal Flycatcher is usually inconspicuous and quiet, but sometimes gives a repeated sharp clear “pree-o” or “key-up”, sounding rather like a manakin.

The Royal Flycatcher’s fan-shaped crest is rarely seen. It’s red in the male and yellow-orange in the female species. The crest display so found photographed is used only in last resort intimidation of predators (such as biologist banding the birds) and defending nesting territory.

Found in Songbird ReMix Yucatan

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