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La Sagra's Flycatcher

La Sagra's Flycatcher

Myiarchus sagrae

La Sagra's flycatcher, a member of the tyrant flycatcher family, is a small bird with a length ranging from 19 to 22 centimeters and a weight between 17 and 21 grams. It exhibits olive brown upperparts and a darker head adorned with a short crest. The breast is a soft grey, transitioning to a dull white belly. The wings and tail feathers are brown with rufous outer webs, and the bird sports two inconspicuous wing bars. Both sexes share a similar appearance.

Identification Tips

When identifying La Sagra's flycatcher, look for the combination of its olive brown upperparts, grey breast, and dull white belly. The rufous on the outer webs of the tail feathers and wings, along with the short crest on its darker head, are key features. The bird's two wing bars, though not prominent, can also aid in identification.


This species thrives in a variety of environments, including subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, mangrove forests, moist montane forests, and areas of heavily degraded former forest.


La Sagra's flycatcher breeds on the islands of Cuba, the Bahamas, and Grand Cayman in the West Indies. While generally a year-round resident, it has been known to appear as an occasional vagrant in southern Florida.


This bird is an adept insectivore, engaging in flycatching within the undergrowth. It is also known to consume berries and seeds, showcasing a degree of dietary flexibility.

Song & Calls

The call of La Sagra's flycatcher is distinctive, a high-pitched single or double noted "wink," which serves as a reliable identifier among similar Myiarchus species.


Nesting occurs in tree cavities or similar natural or man-made holes, with a typical clutch consisting of two to four eggs.

Similar Species

La Sagra's flycatcher may be confused with other Myiarchus species, but its unique call is a helpful distinguishing characteristic.

Diet and Feeding

Primarily insectivorous, La Sagra's flycatcher captures its prey by flycatching in the undergrowth. It also supplements its diet with berries and seeds.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List classifies La Sagra's flycatcher as Least Concern, indicating a stable population without immediate threats to its survival.

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