This tropical flycatcher is strongly migratory, nesting as far north as northeastern Mexico but vacating all of Mexico and Central America during the northern winter. Its migratory tendencies give it the potential to stray out of range; it has occurred several times in New Mexico and Texas and once in Florida, with all records in spring or fall. The name "piratic" comes from its habit of taking over the nests of other birds rather than building its own.
Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds
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Songs and CallsWhistled “whee-whee”. Reportedly silent when encountered outside of native range.
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