Order: Passeriformes Family: Tyrannidae
Tyrant flycatchers are Passerine birds which occur throughout North and South America. They superficially resemble the Old World flycatchers, but are more robust with stronger bills. They do not have the sophisticated vocal capabilities of the songbirds. Most, but not all, are rather plain. As the name implies, most are insectivorous. There are 13 Michigan species.
Acadian Flycatcher, Empidonax virescens
Alder Flycatcher, Empidonax alnorum
Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus
Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Contopus virens
Great Crested Flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus
Least Flycatcher, Empidonax minimus
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Contopus cooperi
Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus
Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis
Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax traillii
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Empidonax flaviventris
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