Green-backed Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Ficedula elisae
Malay Name: Sambar-Kunyit Hijau
Chinese Name: 绿背姬鹟
Alternative Name(s): Chinese Flycatcher

Breeds in northeastern China and winters to southern China and Southeast Asia.


Size: 13-13.5 cm

Male has olive-green upperparts with white wing patch and yellowish loral stripe, eyering, rump and underparts. Female resembles male but has paler yellowish underparts, no yellow rump and the white wing patch is replaced by two faint narrow pale bars on wing-coverts.

Similar looking species: Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Narcissus Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Prefers to forage at the lower storey in typical flycatcher pattern for insects.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce, Bidadari, Bishan Park and Tuas South.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Ficedula elisae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.