The Boat-billed Flycatcher is a large and widespread inhabitant of clearings and forest edges from southern Mexico to south to Argentina. Boat-billed Flycatchers have a striking facial pattern with a black crown, yellow coronal patch, a white supercilium and black lores; this facial pattern is shared with species of several other genera of large-bodied neotropical flycatchers. True to their name, Boat-billed Flycatchers have a broad and heavy bill. Boat-billed Flycatchers generally forage in pairs or in small family groups at medium to high elevations in the forest canopy. These flycatchers, sally-glean to catch insects or to snatch a piece of fruit. The Boat-billed Flycatcher is resident in most of its range, but some populations in southern Brazil and northern Argentina are thought to be migratory.