Tyrant flycatcher

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Tyrant flycatchers
Empidonax flavescens-cropped version.jpg
Yellowish Flycatcher,
Empidonax flavescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Family: Tyrannidae
Vigors, 1825

Some 100, see text

Distribution of tyrant flycatchers

The tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae) are a clade of passerine birds from North and South America. They are the largest family of birds on Earth, with more than 400 species. They are the most diverse family of birds in every country in the Americas, except for the United States and Canada. The family is named after the Old World flycatchers. Some members have similar features to the Old World flycatchers, but they are not related to them. They are members of suborder Tyranni, which do not have the vocal capabilities of most other songbirds.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. del Hoyo, J. Elliott, A. & Christie, D. (editors). (2004) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-69-5

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Tyrannidae at Wikimedia Commons