The Ash-throated flycatcher can be found in dry arid habitats in the Western part of the United States and Mexico, including deserts and woodlands. Of all flycatchers, this one is the most widespread and common in the west. They are perching birds seen on branches, vegetation, or wires while hunting. They nest in holes in trees or will use manmade nest boxes. Like most flycatchers, they have broad-based bills surrounded by rectal bristles, which are useful for catching flying prey. They eat mostly insects and fruit, but will also eat small mammals or reptiles. Other distinguishing characteristics of the Ash-throated flycatcher are the crest on the top of the head, ash colored throat, yellow belly and butt, and white wingbars.
They seem to be very curious birds, I have seen them stay within a few feet while on a walk, watching me. Also, I’ve noticed them hang out close in a campsite by flying from tree to tree. They flew away only when I had gotten very close.