Brown-streaked Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Muscicapa williamsoni
Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Lorek Melayu
Chinese Name: 褐纹鹟

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

Polytypic. Subspecies are: williamsoni, umbrosa.

Local Subspecies: williamsoni

Size: 13 cm

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: Asian Brown Flycatcher, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Spotted 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.

Past accepted records in our database: (not a complete listing)


External Links:
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Brown-streaked Flycatcher)


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