Willow flycatcher - Pacific Forest Trust

Willow Flycatcher




Willow Flycatcher

Quick Facts

Latin Name: Empidonax traillii

Status: No special status

Population: North America (summer), Mexico, and Colombia (winter)

Diet: Insects

Weight: 0.4–0.6 ounces

Length: 5.1–6.7 inches


About the Willow Flycatcher

Most songbirds learn their calls as they age, but the song of the willow flycatcher is innate. Young willow flycatchers raised in captivity without another member of the species to serve as a tutor will still sing typical willow flycatcher songs.

The willow flycatcher is very similar to the alder flycatcher, and for a time the two were considered to be the same species. While they are basically identical in looks, the two birds have a different song.

Females lay 3-4 eggs during mating season, and both females and males bring food for the hatchlings. After hatching, young willow flycatchers are able to fly after about 2 weeks.

For more information: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Photography: Image #1 by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, Image #2 by U.S. Department of Agriculture


The willow flycatcher lives in the following habitats:

How you can help this species

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Conservation PROJECTS WITH
Willow Flycatcher HABITATS

The Pacific Forest Trust is dedicated to preserving natural habitats and forest systems where these animals can thrive. Explore some of our conservation projects and easements in and around willow flycatcher habitat.