Beautiful Royal Flycatcher
Beautiful Royal Flycatcher. Among Royal Flycatcher birds are known four species – Amazonian Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus (coronatus), Northern Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus (coronatus) mexicanus), Pacific Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus (coronatus) occidentalis), and Atlantic Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus (coronatus) swainsoni). The striking, colorful crest in Royal Flycatcher plays an important role in reproduction and courtship. The male displays its crest first. Then both birds keep their crests spread and quivering, eliciting fan-like movements for a while, but without any head or neck movement, just their crests.
The Amazonian Royal Flycatcher is a passerine bird of the tyrant flycatcher family. It is found in forest and woodland throughout most of the Amazon basin in northern Bolivia, eastern Peru, eastern Ecuador, eastern Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, and northern and western Brazil. It is easily overlooked and typically found in low densities, but overall it remains widespread and common. The Atlantic Royal Flycatcher is endemic to Atlantic forest in south-eastern Brazil. is found in Mexico, south through most of Central America, to north-western Colombia and far western Venezuela. Northern Royal Flycatcher’s natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Pacific Royal Flycatcher is found in relatively dry forest and woodland in western Ecuador and far north-western Peru. It is threatened by habitat loss.