-crested Flycatcher

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Myiarchus
Species: crinitus

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 tail.

Great Crested Flycatcher, Earnest Seton Thompson

  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 Rica.

USGS Great Crested Flycatcher Map

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.

Great Crested Flycatcher, A. R. Dugmore

A.R. Dugmore

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.

Domineering 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.

Free Printable Birdhouse Plans for Great-crested Flycatchers

Great-crested Flycatcher
Nestbox Plans

Young Flycatcher, Frank Chapman

 Frank Chapman


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 shade.

Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.



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