Spotted Flycatcher

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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.

Similar looking species: Dark-sided Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown-streaked Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher

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)

Past records in our database:

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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)
Peak weeks Oct 15-Oct 21, Oct 22-Oct 28, Oct 29-Nov 04
Early date 15 Oct 2021
Late date 29 Oct 2021
Another mega vagrant to our shores, with only one record so far, in Oct 2022.


BirdLife International. (2019). Muscicapa striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. 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.

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