Olive-sided flycatcher, Contopus cooperi
bird is quite funny looking. Its head seems disproportionately
large for the rest of its body. It can often be heard singing
Quick-three-beers for miles around because of its location
high above the forest.
Migration of the olive-sided flycatcher
The Olive-sided flycatcher spends its winters
in South America. There has been some decline in population do
mainly to the destruction of wintering habitat in the Andes.
South America is believed to be the original home of the species.
For some reason it has decided to come and visit us in the
of the Olive-sided flycatcher
The Olive-sided flycatcher usually perches on
the highest tree around. It flies over the top of the forest or
over neighboring meadows gulping up insects. Their favorite
insects to feed on are honey bees.
Nesting habitats used by the Olive sided
The Olive-sided flycatcher nests in conifers
usually in close proximity to moist areas, usually far out on a
How to attract the Olive-sided flycatcher to
To attract the Olive-sided flycatcher to your
garden you need lots of insects especially bees. You also need
some conifers for perching and nesting. If there are some near
your home those will probably do.
of the Olive-sided flycatcher:
Found in most of California excepting the
central valley and desert.
community used by the Olive-sided flycatcher
The Olive-sided flycatcher likes forested
areas with neighboring moist areas, such as meadows. They like to
perch on dead branches of live trees or snags.
Click on these plant community links to learn
more about specific plant material and climates.
Northern coastal coniferous forest (sorry no
Niche filled by the Olive-sided flycatcher
The Olive-sided flycatcher utilizes the top of
the forest as well as meadow areas.