Taiga Flycatcher

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Scientific Name: Ficedula albicilla
Malay Name: Sambar Rengkung Merah
Chinese Name: 红喉姬鹟

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

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.

Similar looking species: Asian Brown Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest edge, secondary growth, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Regularly cocks tail and drops from perch to feed on ground.

Local Status: Rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

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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.