Royal Flycatcher
"Royal Flycatcher" (Male)
Onychorhynchus coronatus
Photo courtesy/copyright
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by C. M. Milensky


Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Aves

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Tyrannidae



Name/Status
Source

Royal Flycatcher - Not On IUCN Red List

Check 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for updates



Royal Flycatcher

Habitat:

Mexico, Bolivia, and parts of Brazil. Rainforest, edge of water. Amazon Rainforest.

Diet:

Mainly insects.

Enemies:

Snakes, and larger birds of prey. Habitat destruction.

Facts:

The Royal flycatcher belongs to the Tyrannidae family of birds (the Tyrant flycatchers).

They are about 6 1/2 inches in length.

The Royal flycatcher, like many flycatchers, likes to dart out from branches to catch flying insects or pluck them from leaves.

Their nests are pretty unusual. They build a long nest (sometimes up to 6 feet) on a branch near water. The nest hangs over the water. It is hard for predators to reach.

Both males and females have very elaborate crests which they display with mouth open as in the photo above. The male's crest is red and the female's crest is yellow.

Many flycatchers are drab looking, with very little color. The Royal flycatcher is one of the few who has colors that stand out (its crest).

While most flycatchers do eat insects, not all catch flies.

The Royal flycatcher is important in the rainforest food web because it helps control the insect population.

References: Harrison, G. & Greensmith, A. (1993) Birds Of The World. Dorling Kindersley Inc., New York.

Perrins, C. Dr. & Middleton, A., LA, Dr. (1985) The Encyclopedia Of Birds . Facts on File, Inc., New York.



Additional Information
Amazonian Royal Flycatcher stamps


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