Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) - HBW 9, p. 365

French: Moucherolle beige German: Orangebrust-Schnäppertyrann Spanish: Mosquero Pechicanelo

Taxonomy: Muscicapa fulvifrons Giraud, 1841, Miquiahuana, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Validity of several races doubted, nominate and brodkorbi known only from holotype specimens; further work necessary. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pygmaeus Coues, 1865 - SW USA (EC & SE Arizona, at least formerly WC & SW New Mexico) and NW Mexico (Sonora, S Coahuila); winters SC Mexico (S to Michoacán and Morelos).
  • rubicundus Cabanis & Heine, 1859 - highlands in C Mexico locally from Durango S to Morelos and Puebla; winters S to Guatemala.
  • fulvifrons (Giraud, 1841) - Tamaulipas (E Mexico).

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  • pygmaeus Coues, 1865 - SW USA (EC & SE Arizona, at least formerly WC & SW New Mexico) and NW Mexico (Sonora, S Coahuila); winters SC Mexico (S to Michoacán and Morelos).
  • rubicundus Cabanis & Heine, 1859 - highlands in C Mexico locally from Durango S to Morelos and Puebla; winters S to Guatemala.
  • fulvifrons (Giraud, 1841) - Tamaulipas (E Mexico).
  • fusciceps Nelson, 1904 - highlands of S Mexico (from Oaxaca) S locally to Guatemala and El Salvador.
  • brodkorbi A. R. Phillips, 1966 - S Oaxaca (S Mexico).
  • inexpectatus Griscom, 1932 - C & S Honduras.