Acadian Flycatcher

(Empidonax virescens)

Conservation Status


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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5B - Secure Breeding

SB - Vulnerable Breeding


Special Concern

Species in Greatest Conservation Need






5½ to 6 in length

9 wingspan




Similar Species


Mature deciduous woodlands near streams or wetland openings, riparian woodlands




Mid-May to late August












Rare migrant and breeder




The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

  Class Aves (birds)  


Passeriformes (perching birds)  


Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers)  


Empidonax (empidonax flycatchers)  














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Acadian Flycatcher
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Acadian Flycather
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  Acadian Flycatcher - Pennsylvania Forest
Clive Bramham

Published on Jan 5, 2014

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) breeds in closed-canopy broadleaf forests near water in the eastern U.S. It rained during the night, and water dripped from the canopy as the sun rose. A sunbeam draws the rising mist and insects toward the waiting spider. The explosive chirps of the Acadian Flycatcher and the chiming song of the Wood Thrush so typify these woods, Location: Murrysville Community Park, Duff Park, and Coaltown Gamelands, Westmoreland County, southwest Pennsylvania. Birds of Pennsylvania. Birds of North America.

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  Acadian Flycatcher (singing and calling)
ManyBirds Channel by Malcolm Mark Swan

Published on Apr 1, 2012

This bird is singing from a bare branch within the forest of the Bray Conservation Area to announce its territory to other competing males and potential mates. Although its song is short ("plitSeek"), it is distinctive from the other members of the difficult Empidonax genus. As this bird flies back to a branch, it also utters a trilled call of unknown function. Birds of this species nest in the E United States and S Ontario. They migrate south of the United States in the fall because flying insects are harder to find in the winter.

  Acadian Flycatcher
Larry Bond

Published on Jun 24, 2014

The Acadian Flycatcher is common in the eastern United States. It is the only breeding empidonax in the south eastern states. It is rare in the northern part of its range in southern Ontario where I am from.

It can be found in mature deciduous woodlands, in beech-maple groves, ravines, swampy woods.

It has olive upper parts with a white or grayish throat, grayish and white breast, yellowish belly and under tail. It has a distinct eye ring and distinct wing bars.

The song is a sharp explosive "peet-suh". Also it has a rapid flicker-like "ti ti ti ti ti ti" which can be clearly heard at the beginning of this video

This video was taken at the Flint Ridge State Memorial near Newark, Ohio. It was a challenge to capture these clips as these birds are very small, making it very difficult to see them when they fly in the woods. Because of their overall quiet nature and drab color it makes them a rewarding capture.

  Acadian flycatcher. South Padre Island

Published on Apr 14, 2015

Recorded at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center on 2015-04-11

Empidonax virescens,
Mosquero Verdoso, traillii gorgiblanco, (Spanish)

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  Acadian Flycatcher
Van Remsen

Published on Apr 25, 2016

Grand Isle, 24 Apr. 16. An individual like this in this greenish light and with fairly nice eyering can be misidentified as Yellow-bellied




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