Tufted Flycatcher
Mitrephanes phaeocercus
This Tufted Flycatcher (Mitrephanes phaeocercus) was discovered at Big Bend National Park in Brewster Co., Texas on 3 November 1991. It was the first time the species had been recorded in the United States. The Tufted Flycatcher inhabits mountain evergreen and pine-oak woodlands in Mexico and occurs as far south as Bolivia. It is a small flycatcher, similar in size to the Empidonax flycatchers, with a spiky crest. This bird stayed at Big Bend until 17 January 1992 and was seen by many birders. The photos were taken 29 November 1991 with a Canon T- 90 & FD 400mm F/4.5 lens and Fresnel flash on a BushHawk shoulder mount using Kodachrome 64 film. Since this record, the species has occurred once again in the U.S. from 2-6 April 1993 in Pecos Co., Texas.