Mugimaki Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Ficedula mugimaki

Malay Name: Sambar Dada Jingga Utara

Chinese Name: 鸲姬鹟

Range: Found from eastern Siberia, Sakhalin to northeastern China and winter to Japan, Korea, southern China and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 13-13.5 cm

Identification: Male resembles Yellow-rumped Flycatcher but white supercilium is shorter and starts behind eye, has bright rufous orange throat to upper belly and rest of underparts whitish. Female has greyish-brown upperparts with faint narrow whitish buff wingbar, buffish-orange throat to breast and faint or lacking supercilium. First-winter male resembles female but head-sides greyer, supercilium more pronounced, throat/breast brighter and uppertail-coverts mostly blackish.

Similar looking species: Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Narcissus Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary at wintering grounds and forages frequently at the lower level but may also ascend to feed at the middle storey and canopy levels.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bidadari, Tuas South, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Kent Ridge Park and other suitable habitats.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Nov 26-Dec 02
Early date 07 Sep 2016
Late date 26 Apr 2015
A late-arriving flycatcher, with most records after mid-Nov. Most birds recorded here are females or first-winter individuals.


BirdLife International. (2016). Ficedula mugimaki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. 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.

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