This species is by far the more abundant and easily seen of the two species of Mitrephanes flycatchers. Its range encompasses much of the Pacific slope of Middle America, from northwest Mexico south to Panama, and to northwest Ecuador. In Costa Rica, it is a common inhabitant of moist mature mountain forest and tall second growth, especially at edges and clearings with trees. It breeds from 700–3000 m . Same as Pewees, it hunts flying insects and returns to the same perch and vibrates its tail as it lands. Picture taken at Hoffman's peak, continental divide in Talamanca, Costa Rica.