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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrranidae
Genus: Empidonax
Cabanis 1855
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The genus Empidonax is a group of small insect-eating passerine birds in the tyrant flycatcher family, the Tyrannidae.

These birds are remarkably similar in plumage: olive on the upper parts with light underparts, eye rings and wing bars. In the nesting season, they may be distinguished on range, habitat and call; in other situations, particularly on migration, it may not be possible to be sure of specific identification.

Empidonax flycatchers often flick their wings and tails rapidly.

Euler's Flycatcher, Lathrotriccus euleri and Gray-breasted Flycatcher, Lathrotriccus griseipectus were formerly placed in Empidonax, but differ anatomically and biochemically and are now split as the genus Lathrotriccus.


  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Empidonax flaviventris
    Acadian Flycatcher, Empidonax virescens
    Alder Flycatcher, Empidonax alnorum
    Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax traillii
    White-throated Flycatcher, Empidonax albigularis
    Least Flycatcher, Empidonax minimus
    Hammond's Flycatcher, Empidonax hammondii
    Gray Flycatcher, Empidonax wrightii
    Dusky Flycatcher, Empidonax oberholseri
    Pine Flycatcher, Empidonax affinis
    Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Empidonax difficilis
    Cordilleran Flycatcher, Empidonax occidentalis
    Yellowish Flycatcher, Empidonax flavescens
    Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Empidonax fulvifrons
    Black-capped Flycatcher, Empidonax atriceps

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