Scientific Name: Muscicapa dauurica
Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Biasa
Chinese Name: 北灰鹟
Range: Found from eastern Russia, northern China, Japan to Korea and winter to the Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: dauurica, poonensis, siamensis.
Local Subspecies: dauurica
Size: 12.5-13.5 cm
Identification: Nondescript flycatcher with brown upperparts and whitish underparts variably suffused with pale grey-brown on upper breast (usually lacking defined streaks), whitish eyering and pale greyish fringes to wing-coverts and tertials.
Similar looking species: Dark-sided Flycatcher, Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher
Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens, wooded areas and mangroves.
Local Status: Very common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bidadari, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Sungei Buloh, Tuas South and other suitable habitats.
- FLY101: Identifying Little Brown Jobs of the genus Muscicapa in Singapore (ID Articles)
- What bird is this, and why? (Birding Starter Pack)
- FLY201: An overview of brown flycatchers in Muscicapidae (ID Articles)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Asian Brown Flycatcher)
BirdLife International. (2019). Muscicapa dauurica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22709207A155604003.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Asian Brown Flycatcher. Retrieved on May 28, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/asian-brown-flycatcher.