Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis/occidentalis
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General Comments Accidental. There are two records of this closely related species pair (of Western species): an individual found near Jordan Lake (Chatham) on 15 Jan 2000* and seen by many birders over the following week [Chat 67:96-100 link]; and one banded, measured, and photographed in Randolph on 11 Dec 2020* [Chat 85:142 link]. Pacific Slope and Cordilleran flycatchers were formerly considered as a single species -- Western Flycatcher -- and are very similar in appearance and voice. The bird near Jordan Lake was identified in the field as a Pacific-slope, based on voice and likelihood. Photographs, voice recordings, and sonograms were not conclusive as to species, but enabled the NC BRC to accept the bird as a Pacific Slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher [Chat 67:2 link]. ["Pacific-slope" is listed first because that was the identification in the field.]
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank
Coastal Plain No records.
Piedmont Two records (see above).
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
1/2 *
Attribution LeGrand[2021-11-06], LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-07-15]
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