Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Yellow Flycatcher - Empidonax flavescens

Yellow-bellied Flycatchers are small flycatchers that are yellow underneath and greenish-yellow on the back. They have two light wingbars and a white eyering.

  • Empidonax flaviventris
  • Length: 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm)
  • Weight: 0.3-0.6 oz (9-16 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)


Yellow-bellied Flycatchers breed in Canada and northeastern US states before migrating to Mexico and Central America for winter. They can be seen during their migration over eastern US states.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Yellow-bellied Flycatchers in conifer forests and wet areas such as bogs and swamps. They catch insects in flight and also from leaves and vegetation. They also sometimes eat poison ivy berries and other fruit.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Song:


Nests of Yellow-bellied Flycatchers are hidden on the ground under a log or root or ferns and made from moss and grass. They lay up to five eggs which take about two weeks to hatch and another two weeks for the young to leave the nest.