Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis)

The Social Flycatcher is part of the family of “Pecho Amarillo” birds, as are locally known in Costa Rica. It is pretty difficult to identify since the birds all look alike, but they can be identified relying on size, song and head markings. My parents say that this species should be called “Shakira”, an onomatopoeic interpretation of their sound. They are almost identical in size and shape to the Gray-capped Flycatcher, however their song is very different, and the Gray-capped not just has the different head color, it also shows erect feathers which the Social does not.

A Social Flycatcher placidly perched on a Guanabana branch. His mate was on the nearby nest, caring for the eggs that will soon hatch.
Social Flycatcher - Myiozetetes similis - Mosquero Cejiblanco (Pecho Amarillo) (4)
A Social Flycatcher rests upon a branch on a gray background.
social flycatcher - myiozetetes similis - mosquero cejiblanco (pecho amarillo) (3)
A Social Flycatcher rests on a branch with orange flowers. Their yellow belly is very conspicuous in the forest.
Social Flycatcher - Myiozetetes similis - Mosquero Cejiblanco (Pecho Amarillo)
This adult Social Flycatcher was delivering small fruits to hatchlings on a nearby nest.

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