Taiga flycatcher

Taiga flycatcher

Ficedula albicilla

The taiga flycatcher or red-throated flycatcher is a migratory bird in the family Muscicapidae. The species was first described by Peter Simon Pallas in 1811. The female has brown upper parts with a blackish tail flanked by white. The breast is buffish with underparts mostly white. The male has ear coverts and sides of the neck blue-tinged grey with breeding males having orange-red coloration on the throats. Unlike the taiga flycatcher, the female of the similar red-breasted flycatcher has brown tail while the red colour in breeding males extend up to the breast in red-breasted flycatcher. It breeds in northern Eurasia from eastern Russia to Siberia and Mongolia. It is a winter visitor to South and South-east Asia in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Japan. Its natural habitat is taiga forest. It is a rare vagrant to western Europe.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition


1. Taiga flycatcher Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiga_flycatcher
2. Taiga flycatcher on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22734119/119301073
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/607428

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