Yellow-olive Flatbill Tolmomyias sulphurescens
(aka Yellow-olive Flycatcher)
Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Anavilhanas, Amazonas, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Brazil and Honduras

The Yellow-olive Flatbill has an extensive range stretching from Mexico to northern Argentina. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is likely that more than one species is involved. Photo 2 is from Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil and is the sub-species T. s. pallescens while photo 3 from Honduras is the sub-species T. s. cinereiceps with a much greyer head.

It is more of a woodland than a forest bird but is also found on Amazon river islands and similar riverside habitat.

Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Like most flycatchers, it is difficult to identify with the voice being generally more reliable. It is olive above with a grey head, white lores and a narrow eye-ring. The wings are dark with yellow edging and two yellow wing-bars. The bill is flat, black above and pale below. The throat is pale, the breast olive and the belly pale yellow. It is sometimes seen trembling with outstretched wings.

The Yellow-olive Flatbill builds a hanging nest which can be conspicuous and consists of a retort-like nest chamber with a long entrance tube attached to the side.

Yellow-olive Flycatcher, Rio Santiago, Honduras, March 2015 - click for larger image
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