La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. turannos tyrant
La. tyrannus tyrant, despot,
Gr. muia a fly
Gr. arkhos lord, prince
La. crinitus long haired
Nine inches long. Upper parts olive. Olive
brown crested head, yellow belly, ashy gray throat and breast, chestnut
Earnest Seton Thompson
|Wing coverts crossed with two
irregular bars of yellowish white. Inhabits woodlands and small towns in North
America east of the Rocky Mountains from the Gulf States to New Brunswick and Quebec, west
to Alberta. Winters in the Gulf States, eastern Mexico and Central America as far as Costa
Builds bulky nests of twigs, grass, rootlets, feathers and snake
skins in natural or abandoned tree cavities. Often found nesting in boxes intended for
bluebirds or purple martins.
|Lays three to six light brown speckled
eggs, which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about
another two weeks.
Pursues flying insects, some beneficial wasps but mostly pestilent flies and moths. Also
eats beetles, ants, crickets and berries.
neighbor. Promptly dashes after any other bird intruders, or even drives them out of their
nests to make his own.
The Great-crested Flycatcher nestbox has a 6" by
6" floor, 9" inside ceiling, 1 3/4" diameter entrance hole located 7"
above the floor and ventilation openings.
Assembled with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled
countersunk pilot holes. Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.
Mount on a tree or post in a secluded area in the woods,
forest or field edge, or near a stream between four and ten feet high with partial sun and
Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are