It is a small bird with length ranging from 13 to 17 cm. Adults have olive-gray upperparts, darker on the wings and tail, with yellowish underparts; they have a conspicuous teardrop-shaped white eye ring, white wing bars, a small bill and a short tail.

Habitat and Distribution

These birds migrate to Mexico for the winter. The non-resident birds are on the western coast from Jalisco northwards, and then to inland regions, in a corridor strip on the western flank of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Their preferred breeding habitat is pine-oak or coniferous forest, usually near running water.


The Cordilleran Flycatcher waits on an open perch of a shrub or low branch of a tree and flies out to catch insects in flight (hawking), and also sometimes picks insects from foliage while hovering.


Cordilleran Flycatchers make a cup nest on a fork in a tree, usually low in a horizontal branch. Females usually lay 2 to 5 eggs.

Calls and Songs

The song includes notes represented as pseet, ptsick, seet usually sung rapidly together. Their call is a loud pit pete or tse-seet, it is given by the males.