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The ash-throated flycatcher, Myiarchus cinerascens, occurs in the western United States and Mexico, northern populations (including almost all those in the United States) being migratory. This species is found during summer throughout Utah; it is common in the southern and eastern parts of the state, less common in northwestern and north-central Utah. It prefers brushy habitats such as juniper woodlands. Its diet consists mainly of flying insects, which are normally captured in flight, and some small fruits, such as berries.

The nest is typically in a natural cavity, such as an old woodpecker hole, and is usually three to twenty feet above the ground. The eggs, usually four or five, are incubated by the female parent for fifteen days. The nestlings, tended by both parents, fledge after fourteen to sixteen days.


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