Seeing Belted Flycatcher in Guatemala
with CAYAYA BIRDING

Belted Flycatcher in Guatemala
Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus in the highlands of Guatemala.

Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus) is endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. In Guatemala it occurs locally in deciduous and semideciduous oak and pine-oak forests with dense understory, at altitudes from 1100 to 2200 m (Eisermann & Avendaño 2018).

Furious look of a Belted Flycatcher showing its spiky crest
Furious look of a Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus showing its spiky crest in the highlands of Guatemala.

Unlike the superficially similar and conspicuously in the canopy perching Tufted Flycatcher (Mitrephanes phaeocercus) - with which it sometimes shares the habitat – Belted Flycatcher uses mainly the dense understory where it forages for arthropods. At times, however, also Belted Flycatcher ventures into the oak canopy for hunting bugs and singing its short warbling song.

habitat of Belted Flycatcher
Deciduous oak forest in the highlands of Guatemala, habitat of Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus.

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Photographs of Belted Flycatcher seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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Adult Belted Flycatcher attending a nest
Belted Flycatcher (Xenotriccus callizonus) at the nest in the highlands of Guatemala. See our notes on the natural history of Belted Flycatcher in Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Belted Flycatcher

  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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