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
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.