Narcissus Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Ficedula narcissina
Malay Name: Sambar Kunyit Timur
Chinese Name: 黄眉姬鹟

Breeding in Sakhalin, Kuril Island, to Japan (except Ryukyu Island). Winters in Philippines to Borneo.


Size: 13-13.5 cm

Male resembles Yellow-rumped Flycatcher but has yellow supercilium, yellowish-white belly and small wing-patch without white line along edge of tertials. May shows orange flush on throat in spring. Female resembles Green-backed Flycatcher but much browner above with rusty-coloured wing linings and whiter below with variable dark scales/mottling on throat sides and breast.

Similar looking species: Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Green-backed Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens and wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages at mid-level in typical flycatcher pattern for insects.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

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Past accepted records in our database:

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BirdLife International. (2017). Ficedula narcissina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.