Spotted Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Muscicapa striata
Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Lorek Erasia
Chinese Name: 斑鹟

Breeds in the Palearctic from Western Europe to North Mongolia; winters in Africa.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: striata, inexpectata, neumanni, sarudnyi, mongola.

Size: 13.5-14.5 cm

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)

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BirdLife International. (2019). Muscicapa striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021
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.