Asian brown flycatcher

Asian brown flycatcher

Asian brown flycatcher

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Muscicapa dauurica

The Asian brown flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica ) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The word Muscicapa comes from the Latin musca, a fly and capere, to catch. The specific dauurica refers to Dauria, an area of south-eastern Siberia named after a local nomadic tribe.

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This is an insectivorous species which breeds in Japan, eastern Siberia and the Himalayas. It is migratory and winters in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia.

The correct specific epithet for this species is disputed.

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Appearance

This species is 13 cm (5.1 in) long, including the cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the larger spotted flycatcher, but is relatively longer-tailed. The dark bill is relatively large and broad-based.The adult has grey-brown upperparts, which become greyer as the plumage ages, and whitish underparts with brown-tinged flanks. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts, head and breast.

Distribution

Geography

The Asian brown flycatcher is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe. Records have come from Britain, Denmark, and Sweden, and in addition, there are unproven claims from Ireland, Faeroe, and Norway.

Habits and Lifestyle

Asian brown flycatcher is a common bird found in open woodland and cultivated areas. It nests in a hole in a tree, laying four eggs which are incubated by the female.

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The male Asian brown flycatcher sings a simple melodic song during courtship.

This bird is parasitised by the chewing louse Philopterus davuricae.

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Lifestyle
Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Population

References

1. Asian brown flycatcher Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_flycatcher
2. Asian brown flycatcher on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22709207/155604003
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/687955

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