The Ash-throated Flycatcher can be found in dry arid habitats in the Western part of the U.S. and Mexico, including deserts and woodlands. This flycatcher 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. Here is one in a high desert area in northern Arizona.


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