Yellow-rumped Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Ficedula zanthopygia
Malay Name: Sambar-Kunyit Kening Putih
Chinese Name: 白眉姬鹟

Found from Siberia, Korea to central, eastern and northeastern China and winter to southern China and Southeast Asia.


Size: 13-13.5 cm

Male has black upperparts with contrasting long white wing patch, pronounced white supercilium and yellow rump and underparts. Often shows strong orange flush on throat and breast in spring. Female looks more nondescript with dull greyish olive upperparts, pale yellowish-buff underparts with faint brownish scales/mottling on throat and breast, yellow rump and white wing patch but often with less white on greater coverts.

Similar looking species: Narcissus Flycatcher, Green-backed Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher

Habitat: Forest, parks, gardens, wooded areas and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly at the crown level but in more open habitat may adopt lookout perches down to less than 1 meter from the ground.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bidadari, Tuas South, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Sungei Buloh and other suitable habitats.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Yellow-rumped Flycatcher)

BirdLife International. (2016). Ficedula zanthopygia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.