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 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.