The Black-capped Flycatcher (Empidonax atriceps) is an attractive and smart bird endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama, where I took all the next photos. For an empid, this species is quite distinctive, with its dark cap and prominent eye-ring.
This is a high altitude species, breeding above 2000 meters in shrubby areas. Also is quite vocal; in fact, sometimes is the first clue of the presence of the species in an area... specially when is perched atop towering trees at the borders of highlands clearings.
For these, and many other reasons is why we chose the Black-capped Flycatcher as our Bird of the Month!
1. Angehr G, Dean R. The birds of Panama. A field guide. Zona Tropical 1st edition. 2010.