Yellow-rumped Flycatcher

Scientific Name: Ficedula zanthopygia

Malay Name: Sambar-Kunyit Kening Putih

Chinese Name: 白眉姬鹟

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 13-13.5 cm

Identification: 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: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 08-Oct 14
Early date 19 Jul 2016
Late date 01 May 2022
Mostly recorded as a passage migrant through Singapore: in fall, from end-Aug to mid-Nov, and in spring, in Mar and Apr.


BirdLife International. (2016). Ficedula zanthopygia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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.

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