Deborah Kruger

Royal Flycatcher

(Onychorhynchus coronatus)

The Royal Flycatcher is known for its spectacular red and blue crest which is rarely seen displayed except after mating, while preening, or during courtship. The Royal Flycatcher is found throughout the Amazon basin ranging from southern Mexico to northern Bolivia and southeastern Brazil. It forages in the understory of the forest for ticks, leafhoppers, small cicadas, butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers, capturing its prey by sallying flights from a perch.