Spotted Flycatcher – Draft

Scientific Name: Muscicapa striata
Malay Name: Sambar-Kusam Lorek Erasia
Chinese Name: 斑鹟

Breeds in the Palearctic from Western Europe to North Mongolia; winters in Africa.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: striata, inexpectata, neumanni, sarudnyi, mongola.

Size: 14.5 cm

Similar shape and size to the familiar Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica. Streaked breast similar to Brown-streaked Flycatcher M. williamsoni, Dark-sided Flycatcher M. sibirica and Grey-streaked Flycatcher M. griseisticta, but well defined streaks on crown distinguishes this species from the rest. This species also has a buff eye ring and loral spot that is absent from all other similar flycatchers in Singapore.

Habitat: Favors open mixed and deciduous woodland with clearings, parkland and larger gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Hunts by sallying from perches like other flycatchers. Tends to perch rather upright. Diet include flying insects, such as moths, butterflies, grasshoppers and even an occasional cockroach.

Local Status: Probable vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN)

A single individual discovered on 15 October 2021 at Kent Ridge Park constitutes the only record of this species locally. This record is pending review by the Singapore Birds Project Records Committee. At present, the consensus is that this is a genuine vagrant, with vagrancy pattern similar to others such as the Booted Warbler.


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


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