The Ash-throated Flycatchers are warm weather residents of Kaweah Oaks Preserve, just like their cousins the Western Kingbirds. You can begin seeing them in April and throughout the summer months. They depart in August for warmer climes.
Ash-throated flycatchers do not have as bright a yellow color on their under parts as the Western Kingbird. You can also distinguish the Ash-throated flycatcher by his little pointy head! And their cousins (the Western Kingbirds) use the open meadow and picnic area for their hunting grounds, whereas the Ash-throated flycatchers are usually in the forest and woodland.
These birds are acrobatic flyers. You can see them chase a crane fly or grasshopper through mid-air doing somersaults, rolls and even stalls! They are the stunt flyers of the avian world.
NEST: Uses a variety of cavities for nesting; natural cavities or knot holes in trees and stumps
FOOD: Forages over low shrubs,
hawking insects and spiders. Also eats a few fruits and seeds.