The Least Flycatcher is a small, drab flycatcher that reaches near the southern limit of its breeding range in the highlands of northeastern Tennessee. Least Flycatchers are the least commonly occuring Empidonax flycatchers in Washington. Also note where in trees the birds are seen, such as whether they prefer to stay higher in the canopy or are on lower branches. Habitat selection by breeding American redstarts in response to a dominant competitor, the least flycatcher. The best place to see them is Okanagan County. Nest site is usually in deciduous sapling or small tree such as maple, birch, or ash, placed in a vertical fork in a branch. Least Flycatchers often actively chase American Redstarts out of nesting territory. They are found in Eastern Washington in forested habitat, especially in aspen groves. MEASUREMENTS OF THE HABITAT NICHE OF THE LEAST FLYCATCHER BY W. J. BRECKENRIDGE E XACT measurements of habitat niches occupied by higher animals, particularly birds, have been difficult to make and few have been reported. Voice, behavior, and location are often the best clues in differentiating the species. Kaufman K. 1996. The Least Flycatcher was first described in 1843 by Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American ornithologist and ichthyologist. Unlike other Empidonax flycatchers, it is more likely to sing during migration and has been reported across Tennessee in the spring. Range and Habitat: While there is a good deal of overlap with the preferred habitats and general ranges of many flycatchers, noting sighting locations is a good start to being sure about which bird is which. Auk 105:350-364. May be 2-65' above ground, but heights usually average 12-25' up, varying with habitat. Habitat My Back Yard Location N.S.Canada Date taken 21 - 05 - 2020 Scientific name Empidonax minimus Equipment used Nikon B700 During a recent six-year study of the breeding birds of an The Least Flycatcher belongs to a group of 11 "Empidonax" flycatchers, all of which are very similar and difficult to separate. Harrison, C. 1978. Birds were banded with a Canadian Wildlife Service numbered aluminum band and a single plastic colored leg band. Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. As with other members of this genus, it is best identified by song, a harsh two-noted che-bek.. A field guide to … It is also called Chebec, after the sound it makes. In South Dakota, time of year and habitat offer some clues. West of the Cascades there are only a few records, but at least two singing males have been reported in recent years. Approximately 200 netting hours were spent at each of the two study sites, using a combination of passive netting near nests and a playback lure of conspecific song from a speaker placed below a model of a male Least Flycatcher. An incubating bird is surprisingly tame and will often allow itself to be touched or even lifted off the nest, however with other birds it is aggressive and has been known to attack Brown-headed Cowbirds. Lives of North American Birds.