We at Houston Audubon wish you all a Happy New Year, full of renewal and good luck. And what is luckier than finding a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Galveston County? This Central and South American species rarely ventures into the United States, but last Wednesday, one made its way into Texas City.
The range of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher extends from Southern Mexico to Argentina. However, they have a tendency to wander north. So although they are rare visitors to the United States, they show up fairly consistently, and have even been seen in Canada. They prefer open habitat like fields and marshes where they perch conspicuously on fence lines and posts to catch insects like other flycatchers.
Fork-tailed Flycatchers are usually solitary birds but can sometimes form small flocks. Their long tail helps them be agile and acrobatic while catching insects. It also is an important part of the aerial courtship dance performed by a male for a female.
📸 Photos by Greg Lavaty