Narcissus Flycatcher

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Narcissus Flycatcher)

BirdLife International. (2017). Ficedula narcissina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.