Adults have greenish upperparts and yellowish underparts (especially on the throat), with a dusky wash on the chest. They have a white or yellow eye ring that lacks the teardrop projection of Pacific-slope flycatchers. The wingbars are white or yellowish, contrasting strongly against the black wings. They have a broad, flat bill and short tail. The upper mandible of the bill is dark, while the lower mandible is orange-pink.


Habitat and Distribution

Their breeding habitat is wet northern woods, especially spruce bogs, across Canada and the northeastern United States. These birds migrate to southern Mexico and Central America.


Feeding

Yellow-bellied Flycatchers wait on a perch low or in the middle of a tree and fly out to catch insects in flight, sometimes hovering over foliage. They sometimes eat berries or seeds.


Breeding

The birds make a cup nest in sphagnum moss on or near the ground.


Calls and Songs

It has three primary call notes described as: a clear, ascending chu-wee, a sharp, gruff peekk, and a soft, descending pyu. The song is a rough descending TSE-berk.