Green-backed Flycatcher

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

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


Size: 13-13.5 cm

Identification: 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.

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

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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


External Links:
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia