Scientific Name: Ficedula albicilla
Malay Name: Sambar Rengkung Merah
Chinese Name: 红喉姬鹟
Range: Found from western Russia to eastern Russia, northern Mongolia, northeastern China and winters to Indian subcontinent, southern China, Indochina, Thailand and Peninsula Malaysia where it is rare.
Size: 13 cm
Identification: Non-breeding male and female resembles Asian Brown Flycatcher but has all black bill, distinctive blackish uppertail-coverts and tail and whitish vent and undertail-coverts which contrast prominently against rest of underparts. Male in breeding plumage resembles non-breeding male but has rufous-orange throat.
Habitat: Forest edge, secondary growth, parks and gardens.
Behaviour/Ecology: Regularly cocks tail and drops from perch to feed on ground.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2017). Ficedula albicilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22734119A119301073.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Taiga Flycatcher. Retrieved on November 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/taiga-flycatcher.