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  Order Passeriformes
   Suborder Tyranni - "Suboscines"
      Family Tyrannidae - New World Flycatchers
         Subfamily Fluvicolinae - Fluvicoline Flycatcers

  Passerines are generally smaller than non-passerines. They have a perching foot with three toes directed forward and the one backward with locking tendons to facilitate perching when their tendons are flexed. All passerines scratch by bringing the foot over the wing. Incubation ranges from 11 -21 days. Young hatch blind with little or no down and spend 10-15 days or so in the nest - development is rapid and parents provide care beyond fledging.
Suboscines are passerines without the syringeal characteristics of the "oscines" or true songbirds.
New World Flycatchers are small, usually dull birds with a flat, hooked bill and strong rictal bristles.
Contopus
Flycatchers
are small birds that frequent margins of rivers, creeks, lakes, and other wetlands. Most lack colorful markings that make identification easy.
     
     
  Olive-sided Flycatcher, Contopus cooperi
 
Cornell     USGS    Wiki     ToL    EoL
        MIGRATION - Accidental
            CONIFEROUS WOODS, FIRE DISCLIMAX
 
   The Olive-sided Fflycatcher is a bit larger than wood-pewees and has a large head. The throat and center of the belly is light but streaked gray sides form a dark "vest" lining the belly. Sitting birds may show white tufts on the side of the rump. Their song "quick, three beers" is distinctive. It is broadly distributed across Canada to Alaska and ranges south to California, Arizona, and New Mexico. It inhabits tundra, subalpine coniferous forest, spruce bogs, deciduous forest with standing dead trees and winters in a variety of forest habitats.  
 
       
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      ACE - accidental.
   P&G: Four records (one in Charleston area in 1910)
   Avendex: 4 records. May, September - October.
   Potter: Rare breeding bird in hemlock/spruce forests above 3,500' in the mountains of NC. Elsewhere it is a very rare transient. Migrants are found from late April to early June and early August through October (peak mid-September when a few stragglers may be seen eastward on the coast). Because they are silent and solitary during migration, they are seldom noticed.
  ●  Accidental.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
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