Scientific Name: Muscicapa striata
Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Lorek Erasia
Chinese Name: 斑鹟
Range: Breeds in the Palearctic from Western Europe to North Mongolia; winters in Africa.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: striata, inexpectata, neumanni, sarudnyi, mongola.
Size: 13.5-14.5 cm
Identification: Shows a more elongated appearance and is slightly larger than the familiar Asian Brown Flycatcher. Streaked breast similar to Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Dark-sided Flycatcher, and Grey-streaked Flycatcher, but well definined streaks on crown distinguishes this species from the rest. This species also has a buff eye ring and loral spot that is absent from all other similar flycatchers in Singapore.
Habitat: Highly adaptable, occurring throughout open woodland and lightly-wooded parks and gardens in both its breeding and wintering range.
Behaviour/Ecology: Hunts by sallying from perches like other flycatchers.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2019). Muscicapa striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22709192A155605346.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Taylor, B. (2020). Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.spofly1.01
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Spotted Flycatcher. Retrieved on December 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/spotted-flycatcher.