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

Similar looking species: Asian Brown Flycatcher

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: Rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Only one confirmed record of a single bird at Singapore Botanic Gardens (around Eco Garden) seen between 30 Nov and 13 Dec 2019.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore