The northern tufted flycatcher, Mitrephanes phaeocercus, is a small passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family. It breeds in highlands from northwestern Mexico to northwestern Ecuador. The olive flycatcher (Mitrephanes olivaceus) of Peru and Bolivia is now considered a separate species.

It is a common inhabitant of mature mountain forest and tall second growth, especially at edges and clearings with trees. It breeds from 700–3000 m altitude, but is most abundant from 1200–2150 m. The female builds a saucer nest of moss, liverworts and lichens 4–27 m high on a branch or vine, usually concealed among ferns, bromeliads and other epiphytes. The female incubates the two brown-blotched white eggs for 15–16 days to hatching,

The northern tufted flycatcher is 12 cm long and weighs 8.5 g. The upperparts are olive-green, including the pointed crest. The tail and wings are blackish, and the latter have two buff wing bars and buff edging to the secondary feathers. The breast is ochre-orange, shading to bright yellow on the belly. Sexes are similar, but young birds have brownish upperparts with buff fringing, orange wing bars and paler underparts.

The northern tufted flycatcher is usually seen in pairs, hunting flying insects from an open perch like a pewee. It often returns to the same perch and vibrates its tail as it lands.

This species has a rapid weet weet weet weet call. Its dawn song is a very fast high bip-bip-bip-dididiup-bip-bip-bibibiseer.

Although this species is not migratory, it is very rare vagrant to the United States, the first record being from Big Bend National Park, Texas in November 1991. It has also been observed in Arizona.
Tufted Flycatcher
Date Location Count
2019-12-09 07:55Parque Ecológico Cerro de Macuiltépetl1
2019-12-14 15:50Jardín Botánico Javier Clavijero3
2019-12-07 09:19Finca Rubel Chaim (acceso restringido)2
2019-12-03 09:17Bosque de Chapultepec--Primera Sección2
2019-12-12 07:22PN Montaña de Celaque--Arriba del Centro Visitante (1400-1800 m)2
2019-12-01 07:35Carretera al Nor-oeste de Rancho Ebenezer2
2019-12-10 08:00Rio Tzalá2
2019-12-14 12:24Restaurante Rincón Suizo--sendero en bosque de pino-encino1
2019-12-02 07:30Presa Piedra Azul1
2019-12-14 08:17Parque Ecológico Corazón del Bosque3
2019-12-14 07:00Presa Benito Juárez1
2019-12-10 10:08Godinez--Aldea Los Robles1
2019-12-12 09:12Valle de Bravo--Velo de Novia2
2019-12-10 06:45Finca El Pilar--Cerro El Cucuruchu (cumbre)1
2019-12-14 05:36La Playa1
2019-12-04 05:00Volcán Toliman2
2019-12-01 07:45RNP Los Andes--bosque nuboso1
2019-12-07 08:13Río Cuchujaqui--Lagunas de Tratamiento1
2019-12-06 15:30Río Cuchujaqui--Puente1
2019-12-14 07:40Río Salado--Emiliano Zapata1
2019-12-09 07:00Reserva Ecológica Sierra de San Juan--La Noria8
2019-12-10 07:45San Sebastián del Oeste (pueblo)1
2019-12-07 05:45Cerro La Bufa1
2019-12-01 07:38PN Volcán Nevado de Colima--Carretera a Nevado de Colima2
2019-12-01 08:46PN Volcán Nevado de Colima--Laguna La María3
2019-12-07 05:37Sky Adventures - Arenal Park1
2019-12-14 05:31San Gerardo Biological Station (Monteverde)1
2019-12-13 15:25Camino a la estación San Gerardo.2
2019-12-14 08:15Reserva Santa Elena--Main entrance area6
2019-12-14 05:37Refugio Aleman--Continental Divide Trail3
2019-12-14 11:30Reserva Bosque Nuboso Monteverde1
2019-12-14 07:29Monteverde--Cloud Forest Reserve1
2019-12-03 07:21Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve--Entrance2
2019-12-04 06:25Jardines El Rey De Cocora1
2019-12-11 10:14Sendero Rey de Cocora2
2019-12-09 05:59Bosque de Paz1
2019-12-08 12:31Camino a la Reserva Alberto Manuel Brenes1
2019-12-02 06:30Hotel Villablanca (Los Angeles Cloudforest)3
2019-12-11 14:05Hotel Quelitales1
2019-12-10 06:10Rancho Naturalista--Cerro El Silencio1
2019-12-11 07:20PN Tapanti--Sector Tapanti2
2019-12-09 11:34PN Los Quetzales3
2019-12-06 06:00Trogón Lodge
2019-12-11 05:08San Gerardo de Dota2
2019-12-13 14:09Batsú Gardens, Savegre2
2019-12-14 13:41Savegre Mt. Lodge--primary forest trails above lodge3
2019-12-06 07:34San Gerardo de Rivas--Herradura1
2019-12-08 09:27Parque Internacional La Amistad--Estación Las Nubes1
2019-12-14 15:52Altos del Maria--Elevación 900-1100 msnm1
2019-12-08 07:04Cerro Punta (general area)1
2019-12-10 11:12Pipeline Trail3
2019-12-13 07:30Altos del Maria3
2019-12-11 07:18Camino Mata Ahogados - Altos del María2
2019-12-11 06:21RN Aguaclara1