Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus savana
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General Comments The Fork-tailed Flycatcher's normal range is in Central and South America, but it is famous for vagrancy; thankfully, it is found regularly (perhaps annually) in the eastern United States. There are three records in the state, all from the Coastal Plain and all with photographs. One was seen by numerous birders at Cedar Point (Carteret) from 1-7 Jun 1986* [Chat 52:54 link]. One was seen several times traveling north on the Outer Banks on 4 Nov 2001* -- first at Pea Island, then at Bodie Island, and finally late in the day at Nags Head [Chat 66:4 link], [Chat 66:74 link]. One prominently displaying its yellow crown patch was seen for a few minutes by three birders near Wagram (Scotland) on 25 Apr 2011* [Chat 75:32 link], [Chat 76:3 link] (photo on the Carolina Bird Club website).
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain Three records (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
1/2 *
Attribution LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-09-07], LeGrand[2012-05-13]
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