This species has a small range in which forest has been extensively cleared and fragmented. Despite inhabiting edge environments and even nesting in human-modified habitats, it appears intolerant of forest fragmentation, suggesting that it is declining. However, an elucidation of its habitat requirements or improved knowledge of its distribution, especially in Nicaragua, may result in the species being downlisted to Near Threatened.
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Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
12 cm. Distinctive flycatcher with bright underparts. Darkish grey head, tinged olive in female. Broken white eye-ring and lores. Olive-green upperparts tinged ochraceous. Dusky wings with two ochraceous wing-bars and margins of secondaries. Buffy-white throat. Ochraceous breast and fairly bright yellow belly. Black upper mandible, pinkish on lower with black tip. Grey legs. Similar spp. Much more colourful than sympatric Empidonax flycatchers. Myiobius flycatchers have a yellowish rump. Voice Rapid phrase, with last note loudest, chee chee spt't cheew or chit it-it chee'yew. Sometimes longer and more elaborate.
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Behrstock, R., Coopmans, P., Erb, K., Newfield, N., Reid, M., Stiles, F., Stuart, T., Vander Gaast, J., van Gausig, ..
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Butchart, S., Symes, A.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Species name author||(Salvin, 1865)|
|Population size||6000-15000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||8,000 km2|
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