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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

The Moss Tyrant

This elusive denizen of muskeg and boggy boreal forests spends a few short months in our region before retiring to its winter home in Mexico or Central America. Its reclusive nature and preference for thick, damp forests makes it difficult to study. As a consequence, we still know very little about the habitats of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

The State of Yellow-bellied Flycatchers

Regionally: Stable

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was not one of the original Mountain Birdwatch species. Data collected during the last 5 years of Mountain Birdwatch, however, show an apparently stable population.

Recent stability

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher numbers in the study area have been steady, although a slight dip was evident in 2016. Faded bars estimate the uncertainty in the estimate of abundance.

Globally: Probably Increasing

Overall, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers seem to be increasing in numbers. Data collected by the Breeding Bird Survey indicate a steady increase in the number of Yellow-bellied Flycatchers counted across Canada, where most of the population lives. The discovery of new breeding populations recently in eastern Alaska also suggests a growing global population.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher numbers have increased across Canada according to the Breeding Bird Survey. Figure provided by Environment Canada.

Opportunities for Conservation

Scientists have not identified any specific threats to the health of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher populations. As is true of most species, the most important general threat to Yellow-bellied Flycatcher is probably habitat loss.

What We Can Do to Help

More scientific research into the natural history of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher would help us better understand the habitat features required for survival and reproduction.

State of Mountain Birds