Of very widespread distribution across the eastern half of South America, mainly from northeast Brazil (and locally even further north) to the Bolivian Andes and northeastern Argentina, this flycatcher poses a complex taxonomic issue. Only recently was the cryptically-plumaged Chapada Flycatcher (Suiriri islerorum) appreciated to be a different species and described accordingly, while the status of some of the subspecies currently placed within the Suiriri Flycatcher remain open to further questions. This inhabitant of chaco woodland, cerrado, and other open areas is often fairly common and is easily identified, especially by voice, despite its unremarkable plumage. It principally feeds on insects and small fruits, which are usually gleaned while perched. The nest is cup-shaped and three eggs constitute a typical clutch. Some post-breeding movements have been reported, but their geographical scope, and their frequency, remains to be elucidated.

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