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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Empidonax flaviventris

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher breeds across the boreal forests of Canada, the northeastern United States, and the northern Great Lakes. The species overwinters from Mexico to Panama and is an uncommon migrant through Montana with fewer than five observations reported in a typical year (Gross et al 2011, MTNHP 2019).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range
Rare Migrant

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 52

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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