The Ash-throated Flycatcher is an Arizona resident, living in our mountain Sky Islands in oak woodlands on the desert edges. It will also take up residence in manmade structures, using these as alternatives to natural settings, especially in the cases of reduced habitat.
This is a plain flycatcher species, medium in size. The overall coloring is on the gray brown side, with rusty colored highlights. The stomach is often pale yellow, which helps to identify it from another similar species in the Myiarchus category.
The legs, beak and feet are all black. The tail is gray brown with rust.
Over time this bird has learned to use holes for nests, but will still build a nest inside the hole. The eggs are streaked in color to help hide them from predators.
Apparently the sense of direction isn’t their forte, as occasionally an Eastern variety will make its way west.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com