The piratic flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius) is a passerine bird, the only member of the genus Legatus. It is a resident breeder from southern Mexico and Trinidad south to Bolivia and Argentina. At least some birds from Central America and Trinidad are migratory, and this species also visits Tobago.

This tyrant flycatcher is found in savannah and other semi-open habitat with large trees. It gets its name because it does not build its own nest, but appropriates the domed or enclosed nests of other, often far larger, bird species, such as yellow-rumped cacique or crested oropendola. Once the persistence of the flycatchers has driven the rightful owners away, their eggs are removed, and the female flycatcher lays up to four, but usually two, black-streaked brown eggs. She incubates these on her own for 16 days to hatching, with a further 18–20 days to fledging.



Piratic Flycatcher
Date Location Count
2021-07-15 06:15Reserva Toh1
2021-07-19 09:41Zona Arqueológica Muyil (Chunyaxché)1
2021-06-27 16:37Siijil Noh Ha1
2021-07-18 08:15Lamanai Maya site1
2021-07-24 06:51River Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-07-06 14:04St. Herman's Blue Hole NP1
2021-06-29 06:25Angel Falls zipline1
2021-07-08 07:41Mayflower Bocawina NP1
2021-07-04 15:05Mai Farm2
2021-07-10 06:47Mystic River Resort3
2021-07-16 07:06Elijio Panti NP--Summit Trail2
2021-07-23 07:56Black Rock Lodge2
2021-07-10 15:21Carmelita1
2021-07-13 06:20BFREE1
2021-07-17 09:10Finca San Francisco1
2021-06-27 14:00San Antonio Village (Toledo)1
2021-07-07 09:18Area de Protección de Flora y Fauna Nahá2
2021-07-04 08:59Reserva Natural Privada Luna del Puente1
2021-07-23 10:55PN Azul Meámbar--Sendero La Naturaleza (zona de amortiguamiento)3
2021-07-20 06:48Haines Bight3
2021-06-27 06:35Camino del Ejido Juárez (desvío km 21 +600 carretera Tuxtla-Chicoasén)1
2021-07-11 17:27Camino Plan de las Flores1
2021-07-02 12:10Carretera 175/Oaxaca-Tuxtepec--Km 70-752
2021-07-04 09:09Refugio mixto Caño Negro1
2021-07-11 12:40PN Tortuguero (localidad general)1
2021-07-03 06:47Bijagua--Tapir Valley (restricted access)1
2021-07-11 15:09Casitas Tenorio B&B1
2021-07-20 06:34Hotel Ara ambigua1
2021-06-28 06:52Refugio de Vida Silvestre Lapa Verde -- Sector Chilamate (Localidad General)1
2021-07-01 06:00Hotel Arenal Manoa3
2021-07-11 06:08Hotel Arenal Paraiso1
2021-07-10 09:19Eco Centro Danaus1
2021-07-08 05:48Arenal--Hotel Los Lagos2
2021-07-20 08:24Arenal--Mirador El Silencio1
2021-07-19 06:04Arenal Misticopark (Hanging Bridges)1
2021-07-20 10:58Arenal--Peninsula road (shortcut to dam)1
2021-07-03 09:05PN Arenal--Península Trail1
2021-07-21 05:46Arenal Observatory Lodge2
2021-07-17 05:24Colonia Trinidad-Invu1
2021-07-02 09:05Sky Adventures - Arenal Park1
2021-06-29 09:23Tilarán2
2021-07-04 07:10Centro Manú2
2021-07-06 07:00Nectar & Pollen Reserve2
2021-07-15 08:54Rancho Maximo2
2021-06-26 06:13Sky Adventures - Monteverde Park1
2021-07-10 16:10El Trapiche Tour1
2021-07-06 06:07Monteverde--Cerro Plano6
2021-06-25 14:07Monteverde Lodge1
2021-06-29 15:58Monteverde--Hotel de Montaña Monteverde1
2021-06-27 05:10Monteverde--Cala Lodge1
2021-07-24 09:44Curi-Cancha Refugio de Vida Silvestre6
2021-07-12 06:47Stella's Bakery1
2021-06-27 05:49Hotel El Bosque - Monteverde1
2021-07-13 11:35Camino a la Reserva Alberto Manuel Brenes1
2021-07-11 08:58San Luis--Finca Ecológica1
2021-07-08 10:40San Luis Canopy 1
2021-07-05 08:20Finca Tres Equis1
2021-07-17 09:23Río Silencio (San Ramón)3
2021-07-09 15:24Bajo La Paz, San Ramón2
2021-07-16 05:58Finca Rosa Blanca1
2021-07-03 14:59PN Cahuita1
2021-06-30 08:46Palmares--Fundación Madre Verde2
2021-07-19 07:52Rancho Naturalista1
2021-07-21 06:27Rancho Naturalista--Cerro El Silencio1
2021-07-13 18:09Hotel Quelitales1
2021-07-21 14:01Puente del Río Mono1
2021-07-17 16:24Jardin de Lourdes1
2021-07-18 10:19El Rodeo--Universidad para La Paz1
2021-07-19 07:05Panama Rainforest Discovery Center1
2021-07-20 15:55Gamboa--Goethals Blvd2
2021-07-10 07:11Pipeline Road (entrance to Juan Grande creek)1
2021-06-27 11:30Soberanía Lodge, Gamboa2
2021-07-20 08:26Gamboa (town)1
2021-07-18 06:53Canopy Tower1
2021-07-18 09:00Summit Ponds2
2021-06-30 06:02Radisson Summit Hotel and Golf Panama2
2021-06-27 06:41Charagre1
2021-07-17 18:10Cerro Lodge1
2021-06-27 15:39Clayton--Gun Hill1
2021-07-18 07:08Reserva San Francisco1
2021-07-02 17:15Ciudad del Saber--Parque1
2021-07-16 09:30PN Carara--main headquarters1
2021-07-07 07:30Tárcoles--Tour en Bote1
2021-07-19 08:34PN Carara--Sendero Quebrada Bonita1
2021-07-02 07:24Parque Natural Metropolitano--Centro de Visitantes1
2021-06-30 15:19Road from Villa Lapas to Pura Vida Waterfall Gardens1
2021-07-17 17:25Tortí Arriba1
2021-07-20 05:31Villa Lapas1
2021-07-10 05:17Jacó--Humedales Quebrada Bonita4
2021-06-30 06:42Esquipulas (town)2
2021-07-17 05:22Platanillo de PZ2
2021-07-09 07:29Puerto Lara2
2021-07-08 13:14Buenos Aires1
2021-07-08 14:57Camino Mata Ahogados - Altos del María1
2021-07-04 06:42El Valle--Camino a Mata Ahogado1
2021-07-05 08:09Via Escuque-La Palma—Sector Campo Alegre y Areas Circunvecinas
2021-07-14 12:57El Valle de Antón2
2021-06-26 07:28ZP Las Tablas--Sitio Cotoncito2
2021-07-05 12:51Bosque Rio Negro1
2021-07-12 06:55Canopy Camp3
2021-07-16 07:51Río Tuquesa1
2021-07-08 09:10Lagunas de Volcán1
2021-07-03 06:02Finca Cantaros1
2021-07-13 07:52Camino a El Salto1
2021-07-22 08:10Caldera1
2021-07-18 07:30Paraíso Birding Paradise1
2021-07-20 06:28Rio Chiriquí Nuevo Reservoir1
2021-07-19 15:07Yaviza forest7
2021-07-02 05:52Golfito1
2021-06-30 05:30Danta Corcovado Lodge1
2021-06-26 07:34Dos Brazos2
2021-06-25 13:35RNA Hormiguero de Torcoroma (Recurve-billed Bushbird Reserve)1
2021-07-07PN Corcovado--Sector Sirena1
2021-07-23 06:08Ciénaga de Paredes1
2021-07-16 15:18Pauxi pauxi ProAves Reserve2
2021-07-03 07:15Palacio de los Frijoles, Corcorna2
2021-06-27 09:45Restaurante El Palacio De Los Frijoles, Cocorna1
2021-07-03 16:00RN Cañon del Río Claro2
2021-07-04 15:18Vereda La Habana2
2021-06-28 10:04La Torre, Caldas1
2021-07-20 15:39Samaná-Río Tasajos1
2021-06-27 06:30Vereda La Primavera3
2021-06-26 06:00RN Tenasucá3
2021-06-26 09:57Ukuku Rural Lodge1
2021-07-06 06:20Parque Tematico Cafetero Finca La Pedregoza, San Antonio del Tequendama1
2021-07-16 10:03Finca Ecoturística San Javier2
2021-07-20 07:00Finca Villa Nice1
2021-07-24 12:30Caño Salinas1
2021-07-13 08:43Halcón Colorado ProAves Reserve1
2021-07-06 08:00RN Madhú2
2021-06-26 06:28Alto Anchicayá - El Descanso (Doña Dora)1
2021-07-04 07:49Reserva El Caduceo2
2021-07-22 15:00Club Campestre Farallones1
2021-07-03 06:32Arrozales La Bertha1
2021-07-08 10:06Parque Natural Regional Laguna Lomalinda1
2021-06-28 07:07El Jaguar ProAves reserve1
2021-07-20 08:44Finca el Mirador-Vereda La Esperanza2
2021-07-20 09:30Vereda Islandia1
2021-06-29 05:50Senda Mitú Cachivera1
2021-07-11 08:30Sendero Ecológico de Playa Rica Putumayo, CO (0.461, -76.477)1
2021-07-23 12:00Jama-Coaque Reserve1
2021-07-24 06:45Zanderij Airport2
2021-07-05 08:06RN Allpahuayo Mishana--Allpahuayo Research Center1
2021-07-13 05:46Rio Amazonas--Rio Gasparin1
2021-07-14 08:47Mirador Punta de San Juan1
2021-07-12 05:55Sítio São Sebastiao1
2021-07-24 16:11PN da Amazônia--Trilha da Piçarreira
2021-07-07 08:29Parque Ecológico de Gunma1
2021-07-16 06:00Rio Branco--Ramal do Noca1
2021-07-04 15:28Tabajara--Campina do Jacu1
2021-07-18 06:43São Félix do Xingu--área geral1