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Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)


Photo © Brian E. Kushner

Great Crested Flycatcher nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Great Crested Flycatcher eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Adult

Photo © Cleber Ferreira

Adult

Photo © Daniel Behm

Adult

Photo © Jim McCree

Adult

Photo © Naturenook

'Whee-eep' call and variations

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Dawn song (including churr calls)

© Wesley E. Lanyon

Dawn song

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Harsh 'breep' calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

'Whee-err' call

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Various angry calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Variant high-pitched 'whee-eep' call

© Randolph S. Little

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

open woodland

river

town

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

4
8

Nest Height

70 ft
10 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

13-15
days

Brooding Period

13-15
days

Useful Hints

  • Many, but not all, Great Crested Flycatcher nests contain shed snakeskin. Other crinkly materials, such as plastic wrappers, cellophane, and onion skin, may be used.
  • A variety of cavity types are selected for nest sites, from abandoned woodpecker holes to knot holes to nest boxes.
  • Both sexes inspect prospective nest sites, but the female does most if not all of the nest-building.