A resident of Trinidad and visitor to Tobago, they are found in forest clearings and edges and cultivated areas with shade trees. They generally perch in the open , spending much of the day singing. They feed mainly on fruits which they eat quickly and then return to their singing perch. According to Morton, the Piratic Flycatcher can feed very fast because it eats unripened fruit. They also prey on insects, mainly dragonflies, waiting on exposed tree limbs till they notice prey, then flying out to attack. They feed insects to their young.
Family - Flycatchers
Other Name - Black-banded Petchary
Latin Name - Legatus leucophaius
Range - From Mexico south to Argentina including Trinidad
Photo courtesy Stuart Elsom
MacChesney, K. 2002. "Legatus leucophaius" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Legatus_leucophaius.html.
Eugene S. Morton, 1977. Intratropical Migration in the Yellow-Green Vireo and Piractic Flycatcher. Auk, Vol. 94, 97 - 106.
Birds of Venezuela. Steven L. Hilty. 2003, Christopher Helm, London
A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. 2nd edition, Richard ffrench. 1992, Helm, London
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