Continuing with the series from my new book on Birds of the Western United States, we come to the Flycatchers.
First up the Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Dusky-capped Flycatchers. These three flycatchers are very similar in plumage and they overlap in terms of range and habitat. This can make identifying them a bit tricky when all you get is a "glance."
The Ash-throated has the widest range extending from west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. It is larger than the Dusky-capped, but slightly smaller than the Brown-crested. It is a little paler in color than the other two:
The Brown-crested is the darkest of the three, but it's most distinguishing characteristic is its larger bill. It's range is the southern most tip of Texas and souther Arizona:
The Dusky-capped is the smallest of the three with a finer bill and brighter yellow in the belly and flanks. It also has the narrowest range of the three, only to be found in southeast Arizona: