Narcissus Flycatcher

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

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)

Location: Four confirmed records at Bidadari (female) in Dec 2015, Dairy Farm Nature Park in Nov 2017 (female) & Nov 2020 (female, and at Singapore Botanic Gardens (male) in Dec 2020.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2017). Ficedula narcissina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.