Latin Name: Empidonax traillii
Status: No special status
Population: North America (summer), Mexico, and Colombia (winter)
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.
The willow flycatcher lives in the following habitats:
How you can help this species
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.
CA | 8,230 acres
Conserving the headwaters of the Fall River protects California’s water supply, wildlife habitat, and jobs.
CA | 3,468 acres
A home to headwaters that provide cold, clear water for people and an abundance of wildlife.
CA | 12,646 acres
This project expanded conservation of the McCloud River Watershed, benefitting California’s water, wildlife, and climate.
CA & OR | 9,400 acres
Two learning laboratories demonstrate the synergy of economic and ecologic return in sustainable forest management.