Rusty-margined Flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis)
Rusty-margined Flycatcher, Caseara, Tocantins, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Rusty-margined Flycatcher is found in tropical South America from western Colombia and Ecuador to Rio de Janeiro but is missing from western Amazonia and the north east of Brazil.

It likes to be near water and is to be seen in forest clearings and forest borders.

It looks very similar to the Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) with its broad white supercilium (not joining at the nape), its short stubby bill and the yellow underparts apart from the white throat. It is distinguished from the Social Flycatcher by the rufous margins on the wing feathers and its browner, less olive back.

However, in many cases the rufous margins are not so obvious. In such cases note the blackish rather than dusky crown and cheeks and, in particular, the yellow rather than red coronal stripe. Unfortunately this is often concealed.

Possibly the most outstanding distinguishing feature is its frequent call, a thin, whining and evenly pitched "freeeeeee". For recordings see xeno-canto.

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 39; Sick, Plate 33 and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 74.

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