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Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher on an open branch, hi res, Eagle Lakes, 2016-05-07, DSC_8673_edited-1.jpg

The Great Crested Flycatcher is a bird that nests in south Florida and most of the eastern United States. It is a migratory bird in more northern areas, spending its time in warmer areas where it can find an abundance of insects. Great Crested Flycatchers occur in south Florida year round, but we don’t yet know if our nesting birds remain here or move farther south – a question yet to be answered by study of banded birds. These birds are cavity nesters that will readily make use of a bird house, an old woodpecker cavity, or a natural or man-made cavity so long as its entrance is at least two inches in diameter. As with other flycatchers, its vocabulary is limited and its notes not too musical. But the Great Crested’s most common call – a loud, emphatic “Wheep!” is readily recognized.