Taiga Flycatcher

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

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)

Location: There are two records of this species in Singapore:

2019 – A single bird at Singapore Botanic Gardens (around Eco Lake) from 30 November until at least 20 March 2020

2020 – A single at West Coast Park from 22 February until at least 7 March


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2017). Ficedula albicilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.