Brown-streaked Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Muscicapa williamsoni

Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Lorek Melayu

Chinese Name: 褐纹鹟

Range: Found from southern Vietnam, Cambodia, southern Myanmar to northern Thai-Malay Peninsula with some northern population wintering to Malaysia, Singapore and Sumatra.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: williamsoni, umbrosa.

Local Subspecies: williamsoni

Size: 13 cm

Identification: Resembles Asian Brown Flycatcher but has distinct brownish streaks on breast, upper belly and flanks and broad buffy to orange-buff wing-fringing at upperwing coverts. Bill is also slightly larger with pale yellowish and usually dark-tipped lower mandible.

Similar looking species: Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary and aerial sally after insects from perches to which they return.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive Carpark, Bidadari, Japanese Garden, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Mount Faber, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris Park and any suitable habitat.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Brown-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa williamsoni
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Aug 13-Aug 19
Early date 11 Jul 2009
Late date 18 Apr 2015
Another early migrant, with many birds passing through Singapore in July, August, and September. Some spend the winter here, like the one at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve summit in the 2021-22 season.


Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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