Social Flycatcher

Beautiful Birds of Belize Blog – Post #27

By Jim Gain


  • Scientific Name: Myiozetetes similis
  • Name in Spanish (Mexico): Luisito Común
  • Name in Mayan: X takay
  • ABA 4-Letter Bird Code: SOFL
  • Family: Tyrannidae – Tyrant Flycatchers
  • Order: Passeriformes – Perching Birds
Social Flycatcher Image © Jim Gain

About this Species

The Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) is a small passerine bird found in the tropical forests of Belize. It is a member of the tyrant flycatcher family and is characterized by its distinctive yellow underparts and dark wings and tail. They are known for their aggressive behavior towards other bird species, and will often chase them away from their territory.

Social Flycatcher Image © Jim Gain

These birds have a varied diet that consists primarily of insects, but they also feed on small fruits and berries. They are particularly adept at catching flying insects, and will often catch them mid-air. Social Flycatchers are also known for their unique nesting habits, as they often build their nests on top of wasp nests. The wasps act as a form of protection for the birds, as other animals are less likely to approach a nest that is surrounded by wasps.

Social Flycatcher Image © Jim Gain

Social Flycatchers are typically monogamous and breed during the rainy season in Belize, which typically runs from May through November. During this time, males will engage in elaborate courtship displays to attract a mate. The female will then build a cup-shaped nest, which is typically made from grass, twigs, and other plant materials. Both parents will incubate the eggs and care for the young, which will fledge after around two weeks. Overall, the Social Flycatcher is a fascinating bird that plays an important role in the ecosystem of Belize’s tropical forests.

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